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PoliticsTrump folds in latest round of perennial American battle: Citizenship and the census

12:56  12 july  2019
12:56  12 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census

Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census President Trump announced on Twitter that he will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon.

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

The Census Bureau has since begun printing the questionnaires without the inquiry about U.S. citizenship . Two federal judges have also since blocked “It is clear authority of the president and the administration — in fact, it’s a constitutional responsibility and they need to do it, they need to do it

Trump folds in latest round of perennial American battle: Citizenship and the census© Brendan Smialowski Image: US-POLITICS-CENSUS-TRUMP

WASHINGTON — After the courts deprived him of his census — at least the version he wanted — President Donald Trump promised Thursday that he would fight like heck to let Americans know how many residents of the country are citizens and how many aren't.

"We are not backing down," he declared under a foreboding sky in the White House's Rose Garden as he blamed "unfriendly" federal judges and "left-wing" opponents for a legal tangle that forced him to abandon plans to include a citizenship question on the questionnaire the Commerce Department uses in its decennial population count.

Trump Administration Drops Bid To Put Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

Trump Administration Drops Bid To Put Citizenship Question On 2020 Census There will not be a question asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, the Trump administration said Tuesday. The decision comes days after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the administration from adding the question, saying it did not provide an adequate explanation for the addition. Here’s the email from DOJ pic.twitter.com/PdyfK0a1hJ — Daniel Jacobson (@Dan_F_Jacobson) July 2, 2019 This is a developing story. Check back for details. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

President Trump said he was preparing an executive order that would nullify the long-accepted constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship in the United States, his latest attention-grabbing maneuver days before midterm congressional elections as he has sought to activate his base by

Constant media coverage linking citizenship and census forms could scare undocumented immigrants away from responding and rally U.S. President Donald Trump 's base to participate It is illegal for the Census Bureau to share information about individuals with law enforcement or immigration authorities.

Then he announced an executive order directing federal agencies to share with the Commerce Department any information that would help sort people into citizenship-status categories — a process that already occurs in significant measure — to obtain what will perhaps be a slightly more detailed version of a picture that has long since been painted.

"It's really just a repackaging of what the government already does," Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference Education Fund.

It was played up as a major defeat for Trump by Gupta and other critics of the president, who noted that there had been nothing preventing him from issuing the order before a series of adverse court rulings pushed him up against a deadline to start printing the questionnaire so that it could be distributed in time.

Ken Cuccinelli confident citizenship question will be on 2020 census

Ken Cuccinelli confident citizenship question will be on 2020 census President Trump's chief immigration and citizenship officer believes that the 2020 U.S. census will include a question on citizenship. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli predicted that Trump would ultimately succeed in amending the 2020 census. Cuccinelli appeared on Fox News Sunday with guest host Dana Perino, according to a clip of the show released early on Twitter.

President Trump ’s own department decided to print the census forms without the question about citizenship . Then the president said he was considering A Republican redistricting expert advocated for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census to give an electoral edge to white people and

President Donald Trump ’s fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is one he seems likely to lose. They may also seek more details on Trump ’s own involvement. That will likely trigger renewed legal battles over executive privilege and the confidentiality of White House interactions.

"Trump's attempt to weaponize the census ends not with a bang but a whimper," Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said in a statement.

But the fight isn't over — a reality that Attorney General William Barr nodded to in remarks delivered right after Trump spoke.

The latest dustup was merely a skirmish in the larger war over using citizenship status to help determine which party controls the White House and the House in the future, as well as how federal money is distributed.

"That information will be used for countless purposes," Barr said. "For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes. ... We will be studying this issue."

For most Americans, "apportionment" is a pretty meaningless word. But in politics, it's freighted with power.

Every 10 years, after the census is taken, the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are reapportioned based on each state's share of the national population. The allotments are based on a formula that assigns the most seats to the states with the largest number of people and the fewest seats to those with the least number of people — with each state getting at least one representative in the House.

Pelosi: Census citizenship question is effort to 'make America white again'

Pelosi: Census citizenship question is effort to 'make America white again' Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued Monday that President Trump's push to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census is an effort to "make America white again" in an adaptation of his campaign slogan. "This is about keeping - you know his hat - make America white again," Pelosi said at an event in San Francisco about election security legislation, referring to the red "Make America Great Again" hats that are popular among Trump supporters.

Constant media coverage linking citizenship and census forms could scare undocumented immigrants away from responding and rally U.S. President Donald Trump ’s base to participate It is illegal for the Census Bureau to share information about individuals with law enforcement or immigration authorities.

President Trump defended his administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census for the first time in 70 years.

California, the most populous state in the country, has 53 House seats. If there were fewer people in California — or a large proportion of its population were not counted — it might lose representation to another state.

It doesn't just matter for the House. Because the number of votes each state gets in the electoral college is based on its congressional representation — one elector per House member plus one for each senator — a change in apportionment could also affect presidential elections.

Additionally, many federal programs distribute funds to states or local governments through population-related formulas.

All of that is to say, it matters how many people are counted in the census — and where.

Trump's opponents in the census fight say there are at least two ways in which he's been threatening to significantly tilt political power. The first is the imposition of a chilling effect that makes it less likely that non-citizens will respond to census questions — not to mention citizens who worry that they might be misidentified or who become mistrustful of government.

Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census

Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census President Trump on Thursday abandoned his battle to place a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, and instructed the government to compile citizenship data from existing federal records, a significant retreat in the president’s wider crackdown on undocumented immigration. Mr. Trump announced in the Rose Garden that he was giving up on the census question two weeks after the Supreme Court rebuked the Trump administration over its effort to modify the census. Just last week, Mr. Trump insisted that he “must” pursue that goal.

The Trump administration’s decision to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census was met with fierce pushback from critics Tuesday, launching a legal Anderson said that even if Congress and the administration were to provide additional funding at this late date to test the effect of a citizenship

The Trump administration added a question about U.S. citizenship status that could undermine That decision triggered what could become one of the most influential legal battles over the next decade. Here's a look back at what we know about the addition of the question to the census and the ensuing

On a longer horizon, the legal action Barr referred to could result in a determination that undocumented immigrants cannot be counted for purposes of apportionment. It's the latest tangle over a question — who gets counted, and how — that has been perhaps the most divisive political issue in American history.

When the Constitution was written, the same "enumeration" clause that established the census and apportionment rules also mandated that slaves would each be counted as three-fifths of a person — the notorious "three-fifths" compromise that allowed slave-holding states to have power in the federal government while denying liberty and rights to millions of slaves.

In a case that is still moving through the courts, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and the state of Alabama have sued the Commerce Department to try to block the counting of undocumented immigrants for purposes of apportionment. The Trump administration sought and failed to have the case dismissed on the grounds that neither Brooks nor the state had standing to sue, meaning that it will move forward.

But when Barr raised the issue Thursday, he suggested that the information the census obtains could used for the purpose of excluding undocumented immigrants from the apportionment figures — a point that could suggest Justice isn't that invested in continuing to fight Brooks.

For now — and with future court cases more likely to affect the 2030 census than the 2020 round — Trump is casting himself as an agent of transparency, and his political opponents as impediments to the count.

"Far left Democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst," he said Thursday.

Yet it is Trump whose party will be most pleased if undocumented immigrants aren't counted in the future, and Democratic-leaning constituencies who stand to lose if they aren't — which is why they celebrated Thursday's capitulation on the citizenship question as a big loss for the president who'd pushed so hard for its inclusion.

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question.
Sixty-seven percent of voters said the census should be able to ask whether people living in the U.S. are citizens, going against the recent Supreme Court decision on the matter, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The poll also found that the inclusion of the question was supported among members of both parties, with 88 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats supporting its inclusion.

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