Fox News’ Tucker Carlson got into a heated debate with an illegal immigrant lawyer about the Trump administration’s decision to add citizenship questions to the U.S. Census.
Cesar Vargas, the first undocumented attorney in New York, argued that because the Constitution does not specify that the census should count citizens, such questions should not be included. However, Carlson seemed to stump Vargas when he asked if the same argument could apply to census questions about gender or race.
“Since I know you’re so familiar with it, [the Constitution] doesn’t say anything about counting people by race,” The Daily Caller co-founder argued. “The census does that, are you opposed to that? Should we not ask what people’s race is?”
Vargas refused to answer the question several times, prompting Carlson to interrupt him and ask again.
“The census asks what your race is,” he repeated. “I think it’s creepy as hell, to be honest…but the census asks it. And the left demands it ask it. Do you think the census should be allowed to ask about race?”
“Well, I think we should have a simple count, that’s it. And, maybe no, we shouldn’t have about immigration status, we shouldn’t have about race,” Vargas admitted.
Carlson extended the argument to census questions about sex, arguing, “only [a question about citizenship] bothers you — not because of the constitutionality of it, but because you think it might dilute the political power of illegal aliens.”
“Let’s stop pretending it’s about the Constitution,” the host asserted.