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 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.

Democratic-leaning constituencies celebrated Trump 's capitulation Thursday on the census citizenship question as a big loss for the president. President Donald Trump 's push to add a census citizenship query marks the latest tangle over a question — who gets counted, and how — that has

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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.

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question

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.

President Donald Trump on Thursday dropped a fight to put a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 census , but ordered federal agencies to give the Commerce Department all records requested that could detail how many Trump changes course, will gather citizenship info outside of census .

President Trump is planning to sign an executive order ending the automatic right to citizenship for children of noncitizens and illegal immigrants born in the “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85

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.

Legal Experts: Potential Trump Executive Order on Census Lacks Constitutional Basis

Legal Experts: Potential Trump Executive Order on Census Lacks Constitutional Basis Would it work if President Donald Trump really issued an executive order to a citizenship question to the 2020 census? Marc E. Elias, general counsel for Sen. Kamala Harris's presidential campaign and former attorney for the 2016 Clinton campaign, argued Thursday that this move lacks a Constitutional basis. Hey media–Trump cannot issue an executive order to include a citizenship question in the Census. The Census requirement is found in Article I (not Article II) and thus is a right of Congress, not the President. pic.twitter.com/CdY3bRMP6U — Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) July 4, 2019 Indeed, the Census Bureau’s website confirms this “The U.S.

While claiming he has not been “overly involved in the census controversy,” President Trump called the question of whether to allow a question about citizenship on the 202 Census forms “totally ridiculous” Wednesday.

President Donald Trump is still considering an executive order in an effort to force a citizenship question onto the 2020 census , even after his decision to proceed with the court battle triggered a highly unusual shakeup of the government's legal team over the weekend

"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.

Justice Department signals to court it's still fighting for citizenship question

Justice Department signals to court it's still fighting for citizenship question A federal judge had ordered the DOJ to explain the president's tweet and administration's position.

The Department of Justice later confirmed the question would not be on the census . And Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued a statement saying In addition, during a hearing Tuesday evening, a federal judge asked the department whether the decision was "final" and the Department of Justice

Later on, Trump gave Janiyah Davis a scholarship for a school choice program – a beloved Republican policy that had been blocked by Pennsylvania’s Democrat governor, stranding the African- American girl from Philadelphia on a waiting list.

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.

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.

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.

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Judge signs order permanently blocking citizenship question from 2020 census.
A federal judge in New York on Tuesday signed an order permanently blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, days after President Trump gave up on his efforts to get such a question on next year's census.The order, signed by Judge Jesse Furman, was jointly drafted by the parties opposing the citizenship question.It stops administration officials "from including a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire; from delaying the process of printing the 2020 decennial census questionnaire after June 30, 2019 for the purpose of including a citizenship question; and from asking persons about citizenship sta

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