Trump Says He’s Dropping Effort To Get Citizenship Question On 2020,
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is dropping his administration’s effort to add a citizenship Question to the 2020 census, an abrupt reversal that came after Trump repeatedly insisted he would push ahead
With trying to add the question. Rather than add the question to the 2020 census, which will go to every household in America , Trump instructed other executive agencies to immediately provide all of their citizenship records to the Department of Commerce, which oversees the census.
Census Bureau officials authored a memo last year arguing they could better collect citizenship data using existing government administrative records.
The order also calls on the Commerce Department to initiate “any administrative process necessary to include a citizenship question” on the 2030 census.
At his Thursday announcement, Trump seemed to confirm that. He did not mention the Voting Rights Act and instead focused on how the data could be used to draw districts based only on the citizen voting-age population.
Although the Trump administration has said since 2017 it needed the citizenship question in the census for better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, critics have long said that rationale is fake.
“Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter eligible population. Indeed the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision ,
It also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions, which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility,” he said.
Speaking after Trump, Attorney General William Barr congratulated the president and said the Supreme Court’s ruling had made it logistically impossible to get a citizenship question on the census.