NO citizenship question on the 2020 census

Wilbur Ross gets to be the front man for this lieElizabeth Brockway

❝ The Trump administration, in a dramatic about-face, abandoned its quest on Tuesday to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a week after being blocked by the Supreme Court…Faced with mounting deadlines and a protracted legal fight, officials ordered the Census Bureau to start printing forms for next year’s head count without the question.

The decision was a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans. It was also a remarkable retreat for an administration that typically digs into such fights.

RTFA for all the nice guy analysis and chronology. Two things you should know:

1. There is no need for any NEW inquiry from the census bureau about citizenship. That question is covered in a number of questionnaires and bureau research. As a matter of course, they’ve been asking that question for decades. For the reasons decided in court after court – it simply has no part in the decadal census.

2. Chief Justice John Roberts in all the politesse required of public servants made it clear that Trump and his lackeys can tell all the lies they wish to the American public, including voters, as a Constitutional right. They do not have the right to lie to a Federal Court. And they were caught lying about their reasons for including this question. Scumbags do not get a do-over on their testimony.

UPDATE: The Liar-in-Chief is now contradicting his flunkies in the cabinet. He’s tweeting out silly-storms demonstrating once again his inability to stick to a decision. What a neurotic dork he is!

11 thoughts on “NO citizenship question on the 2020 census

  1. Ursa ~ says:

    I’ve worked the last 2 decennial censuses, and will be working the 2020 one too. The citizenship question is not a valid part of the census: The census is a count of people living here, regardless of status. The LOUD fight to put the question on the census this time will only result in making it harder to get an accurate count. Since funding for public utilities (schools, hospitals, police stations, fire stations, public roads, etc), and disaster relief comes from the census count, a lot of services may be underfunded for the next 10 years.

  2. Sez U. says:

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 8:06 AM – 3 Jul 2019: “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”
    A high-ranking Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge later Wednesday that the Trump administration has not abandoned efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census after all – just one day after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a Justice Department lawyer said that the Census Bureau would not include a question asking whether people were U.S. citizens.
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has threatened further legal action if the Trump administration makes a renewed push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
    “The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s effort to add a census citizenship question was illegal because it was based on a ‘contrived’ rationale. Despite that, and despite DOJ’s repeated statements that the census questionnaire cannot be changed after June 30, the administration is now examining whether it can concoct a ‘new rationale’ for its citizenship question,” ACLU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho said in a statement.
    “The answer is no, it cannot — at least not a legal one. Any attempt at an end run around the Supreme Court’s decision will be unsuccessful, and will be met swiftly in court,” Ho added.

  3. Jack Squat says:

    “The administration is considering the appropriateness of an executive order that would address the constitutional need for the citizenship question to be included in the 2020 census,” a senior legal source in the administration told Axios. Former federal judge J. Michael Luttig, who has longtime ties to officials in the administration, told Axios:
    “If the president of the United States were to issue an executive order, supported by his full Article II powers, directing that the citizenship question be included in the 2020 census, I believe the Supreme Court would affirm the constitutional power of the president to include the citizenship question in the census.”

  4. Reality show says:

    (July 9, 2019): Attorney General William Barr sees path for citizenship question on 2020 Census : Trump is expected to issue an executive order to ensure the controversial question is added to the decennial survey
    (July 7, 2019) The Justice Department announced on Sunday that it was replacing the legal team defending the Trump administration’s effort to place a citizenship question on the next census, a change that is all but unprecedented in legal battles as consequential as the one over the 2020 head count.
    The latest bizarre twist in the Census citizenship question case came on Sunday when the Department of Justice announced that the entire team of lawyers defending the government’s position in ongoing litigation would be replaced. The highly unusual move was confirmed on Monday in a series of court filings. It is likely at the behest of career officials uncomfortable with the government’s position moving forward, according to former DOJ attorneys. The lawyers on the case told the courts last week that the administration would stop trying to add the citizenship question to the census, but were quickly forced to reverse that position after President Donald Trump tweeted that reports of the decision to back down were “fake.” The sudden change in lawyers suggests there is some internal recognition that the government’s latest census stance has become untenable.

  5. Yes sirree says:

    (FOX News July 11 4:35 PM): “President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday, announced that he would “immediately” issue an executive order to get an accurate count of non-citizens and citizens in the United States — a measure Trump said would be “far more accurate” than relying on a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
    The move would make use of “vast” federal databases and free up information sharing among all federal agencies concerning who they know is living in the country, Trump said.
    “Today I’m here to say we are not backing down in our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” the president told reporters in the Rose Garden, after slamming “far-left Democrats” seeking to “conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst.”

  6. Update says:

    (July 21, 2020): President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Tuesday that would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in congressional districts when district lines are redrawn next year.
    The memorandum marks the Trump administration’s latest effort to change the way US populations are counted and advance the President’s white nationalist immigration agenda. And like previous efforts, the issue will end up in court.
    The U.S. Constitution says congressional representation is apportioned based on “the whole Number of free Persons,” not only those who are American citizens. (see Section 2 of the 14th Amendment amended Article I, Section 2 )
    Joshua Geltzer of the Georgetown University Law Center also notes the census doesn’t currently ask whether someone immigrated illegally to the United States. So “presumably the Trump administration will have to rely on a hodgepodge of other records to guess the population they intend to use for apportionment.”

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