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Politics Census director says he learned of Trump citizenship move 'when it was posted on the web'

00:07  30 july  2020
00:07  30 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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posted late Tuesday, saying he had asked administration officials “to do whatever is necessary” to get a citizenship question on the census form. For the last year, there has been a bitter legal battle over whether the Commerce Department broke the law when it decided in March 2018 to tack a

The Trump administration said Tuesday it was dropping a citizenship question from the 2020 census , days after the Supreme Court ruled against the "We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer

Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday he only became aware of a recent presidential directive excluding undocumented immigrants from the census's congressional representation calculations "when it was posted on the web."

a man wearing a suit and tie sitting at a desk: Census director says he learned of Trump citizenship move 'when it was posted on the web' © UPI Photo Census director says he learned of Trump citizenship move 'when it was posted on the web'

Dillingham reportedly said he wasn't involved in the planning of President Trump's executive order last week blocking undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census for the purpose of allocating House seats.

Trump aims to bar undocumented immigrants from counting toward House representation

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The order, which was swiftly met with multiple legal challenges, follows the administration's ultimately abandoned attempt to add a question about citizenship to the census.

Dillingham told the panel he could not say whether the bureau would need additional time for the census due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying those discussions were "not at my level" and that he had been focusing on progressing "as rapidly as possible and to get a complete and accurate count as soon as possible," CNN reported.

While the Trump administration said earlier in the spring that it would need another four months to complete the census due to the pandemic, numerous House Democrats have said the White House has backtracked on the request.

Trump tries to restrict undocumented immigrants from the census

  Trump tries to restrict undocumented immigrants from the census Trump aims to exclude immigrants in the U.S. illegally from the process that determines how many members of Congress are allocated to each state . © AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President Donald Trump. The memo directs Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the 2020 census, to collect data about immigrants for the purpose of excluding those totals from the population totals.

The Census Bureau’s chief scientist, John Abowd, “has said that he can count the number of citizens ,” Santos notes. Some don’t contain current citizenship status, for example, whereas others don’t say where the person is living. (The decennial census assigns each person to a specific address when it

But the Trump administration's plan to put a citizenship question back on the US census is a big The Justice Department asked officials to add the citizenship question, saying it needed better data President Trump 's re-election campaign sent an email to supporters last week, endorsing the idea of

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.), during his questioning of Dillingham, suggested he has allowed the Trump administration to politicize the bureau.

"It seems like there's an obvious pattern that you are not in control of the Census Bureau, and the political appointees of this administration are," Gomez said.

Dillingham declined to speak about his own personal feelings on the executive order, saying he is "not in a position where I can express my opinions with regard to the policy."

"I cannot answer or even give my personal views because my job as the Census Bureau director will be to execute the 2020 census," he said.

"We have experts at the Census Bureau that are now beginning the process of looking at methodologies," Dillingham added. "That process is just beginning. The presidential memoranda just came out last week."

With time extension stalled, Census speeds up count schedule .
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau sped up the timetable for crunching 2020 census numbers on Friday after an earlier request for an extension stalled in the Senate and as pressure mounts to turn in data used to determine congressional districts by year's end, when President Donald Trump is still in office. On its website Friday, the bureau listed the deadline for processing data used to apportion the districts as Dec. 31. As recently as Thursday, it had listed a time frame of Oct. 31, 2020 to April 30, 2021 — an estimate based on a request for an extension that it submitted to Congress in April.

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