Judge Napolitano Not Sold On Census Citizenship Question: ‘You Have A Right To Remain Silent’

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Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano questioned the idea of implementing a mandatory citizenship question on the 2020 census on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, saying people should still have the “right to remain silent.”

California Democrats are pushing back against the proposal and are planning to take legal action to stop it. Napolitano thinks they might win.

“Congress has not yet voted on whether or not they want this in the census,” Napolitano said. “They’ll eventually sign off on it. Guess what, you have a right to remain silent. The census taker comes to your door you say ‘Bye-bye. I’m here, I’m alive. One person, five people in the house. Leave us alone.'”


Napolitano said if someone chooses to answer, they must answer truthfully but can opt-out at any time and refuse to comment.

“If you answer, you have to answer truthfully,” he continued. “If you don’t answer, you don’t answer because you have the right to remain silent.”

“I don’t know where this is going to go,” Napolitano added. “[California hasn’t] filed the complaint yet. But if the issue is do you have to answer the question? … If you answer you have to answer truthfully, otherwise you remain silent and answer nothing except the numbers of human beings living in the house.”

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