President Trump’s Census Question Dead, but He Found a Way
July 11, 2019
The president will no longer go ahead seeking the census citizenship question on the 2020 census. Trump said he will order federal agencies to provide all citizenship records, in order to get a “full and complete” account of the nation’s “non-citizen” population.
There’s always around things and he found a loophole apparently. He’s going to sign an executive order effect immediately to continue the search for citizenship information from the public. The presidents question for citizenship was shot down by legal challenges from the Supreme Court.
The question the administration had wanted to include was, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” Census suggests including the question would have been highly likely to discourage an estimated 9 million people from taking part in the constitutionally mandated head count of every person living in the United States. Critics of the question worry that would have led to undercounts of immigrant groups and communities of color, especially among Latinx people
According to NPR, this could have long-term impacts on how political representation and federal funding are shared in the U.S. through 2030. Census results determine each state’s share of congressional seats and Electoral College votes for the next decade. They also guide how an estimated $880 billion a year in federal tax dollars is distributed for schools, roads, and other public services in local communities.
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