Ted Cruz: Citizenship Question on 2020 Census ‘Is Just Common Sense’
SMITH: "First of all, do you want to see this question on the census?"
CRUZ: "Absolutely. This is just common sense. The Constitution gives to the federal government the responsibility to do a census every 10 years. That census needs to be an accurate count. It needs to count the people who are in this country. And for virtually every census for over a century, it has included the question 'Are you a citizen or not?' You know, one of the problems as we are debating public policy, a lot is unknown. So for example, you see the figure that there a 11 to 12 million illegal aliens. You see that bandied around quite a bit. The truth of the matter is no one really knows whether that is 11 million, 12 million, or a bigger number. So it is important that the census do an accurate count. And it is basic common sense that you ask about citizenship as part of that."