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Republican Senators Vitter, Bennett Attempt To Force Census To Ask Immigration Status

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"We shouldn't let these states be rewarded for skirting our federal laws and this amendment would help stop this practice," he said when introducing it. "It obviously won't help us identify all illegal aliens, but it's a step in the right direction. Illegal aliens should not be included for the purposes of determining representation in Congress, and that's the bottom line here."

Senate leadership didn't have a comment, but it's unlikely this change will see the light of day.

A tipster pointed out to us that were such a provision to pass, it could scare the undocumented away from filling out the forms for fear they would be used by immigration officials. The tipster also argued it would cost taxpayers money since all the forms would need to be reprinted.

Here's some more analysis and here's Bennett's floor speech on the issue:

We'll be keeping an eye on this, so stay tuned and let us know your thoughts as well.

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