May 20, 2022

U.S. Census 2020: “Trump Unveils New Census Rules to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants”

From Courthouse News:

Sure to trigger a swift legal challenge from the Democratic jurisdictions such a move targets, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday to exclude undocumented immigrants from the decennial census count.


Similar to the administration’s attempt to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, Tuesday’s order pertains to the apportionment base used to determine how seats are allocated between states in the House of Representatives.

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From NBC News:

It was not immediately clear how undocumented immigrants would be identified in order to omit them from the census count.The census questionnaire, which was distributed in March, did not require respondents to indicate whether they or others in their household are citizens.

The administration attempted last year to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census for the first time in 60 years, but the Supreme Court blocked the Department of Commerce, which oversees the census. In that decision, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four-member liberal wing of the court and said the administration’s rationale for adding it was “contrived.”

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See Also: Statement: ACLU Calls Trump Anti-Immigrant Census Order Unconstitutional 

See Also: Full Text of White House Memorandum: Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census

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