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PoliticsTrump administration denies deceit in census citizenship fight

07:10  04 june  2019
07:10  04 june  2019 Source:   reuters.com

New filings allege GOP redistricting motivation behind census citizenship question

New filings allege GOP redistricting motivation behind census citizenship question New filings in a case challenging adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census allege that gaining a GOP redistricting advantage motivated the addition of the question. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The documents, revealed Thursday, focus on the role of late Republican redistricting specialist Thomas Hofeller in orchestrating the addition of and offering an explanation for adding the citizenship question.

THE FIGHT OVER the census has drawn keen interest from Congress, including from Challenging Ross and the Trump administration in court, Sen. Schatz organized an amicus brief, signed by The census citizenship case is almost certain to land before the Supreme Court — where the strength of

Hours after the Trump administration announced that the 2020 U.S. census would include a question about citizenship status, Democrats vowed to fight it in Congress and the courts, saying the query will scare away respondents who fear immigration enforcement and that it will yield more political power to

Trump administration denies deceit in census citizenship fight© Reuters/Brian Snyder FILE PHOTO: T-shirts are displayed at a community activists and local government leaders event to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration denied accusations that it concealed evidence that its plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census was aimed at boosting Republicans' electoral power, and said its accusers were making up a conspiracy theory.

In a letter to Manhattan U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who in January blocked the citizenship question from being used on the decennial census, the government called the allegations an "eleventh-hour campaign to improperly derail the Supreme Court's resolution of the government's appeal."

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This week, the Trump administration moved the legal fight over its controversial plan to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Friday, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denied the administration 's request for the Supreme Court to temporarily block

He specified that the Trump administration can continue to "study" using the census to collect citizenship data and to test a citizenship question, as the In addition to the two lead cases before Furman at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the administration is fighting

The conservative-majority Supreme Court is due to issue a ruling by the end of June on whether the question can be added in time for next year's census.

Furman has scheduled a hearing into the new controversy for Wednesday.

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Several immigrant advocacy groups, among the plaintiffs in the case, submitted a filing to the Manhattan federal court on May 30 saying that during the course of their lawsuit the administration hid the fact that Thomas Hofeller, a longtime Republican specialist on drawing electoral districts, played a "significant role" in planning the citizenship question.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge blocked the Commerce Department from adding a question on American citizenship to the 2020 census , handing a legal victory on Tuesday to critics who accused the Trump administration of trying to turn the census into a tool to advance Republican political

According to Reuters, immigrant advocacy groups said that the Trump administration concealed evidence that its proposal to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. census was intended to help Republicans draw favorable electoral maps. The groups said that the administration hid the fact

Hofeller concluded in a 2015 study that asking census respondents whether they are U.S. citizens "would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats" and "advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites" in redistricting, the plaintiffs said.

Hofeller, who died in 2018, went on to ghostwrite a draft letter from the Department of Justice to the Department of Commerce, asking for a citizenship question on the grounds it would help enforce voting rights, according to the plaintiffs.

In Monday's filing, the government said it did not rely on Hofeller's work and said the plaintiffs were "conjuring a conspiracy theory involving a deceased political operative."

A Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement: "This baseless attack on the integrity of the department and its employees is based on nothing more than fevered speculation."

Opponents have said a citizenship question would cause a sizeable undercount by deterring immigrant households and Latinos from filling out the forms, out of fear the information would be shared with law enforcement.

Democrats, immigrant advocates and demographers say such an undercount could deprive some communities of funds and political representation because the Census determines how the federal government distributes aid, as well as seats in Congress.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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