I was surprised to notice that, in the June 11 issue of NR, The Week touted the necessity of the American Community Survey. This survey is unconstitutional.
Yes, according to the federal courts, the Census Bureau may ask questions on its decennial survey that go beyond a mere enumeration of the individuals in the United States, as long as those questions asked are necessary and proper for the performance of the government’s obligations. But the American Community Survey is distinct and separate from the decennial census that the Constitution authorizes. First, the American Community Survey is taken every year, while