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It happens only once a decade, so it can be hard to make sense of the census. NPR’s census reporter has rounded up facts that debunk some of the most common misconceptions about the national count.
The Census Bureau is gathering records on people’s U.S. citizenship status as part of Trump administration efforts to produce data that a GOP strategist said could politically benefit Republicans.
The Trump administration ordered the Census Bureau to produce citizenship data state officials can use when redrawing voting districts. But the bureau says no state officials asked for that data.
The Trump administration appears to have delayed the printing of 1.5 billion paper forms and other mailings for next year’s count as it decides whether to try again to add a citizenship question.
Responding to President Trump’s tweet defending the controversial question, Steven Dillingham says his job will be “to conduct a census whether the question’s in there or if it isn’t.”
The Trump administration is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court ruling over plans to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census.
A federal judge in New York has issued the first ruling out of multiple lawsuits over a question about U.S. citizenship status. The ruling is expected to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.
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Anyone who doesn’t answer the controversial citizenship question would still be included in the upcoming U.S. headcount — and may get a phone call or follow-up visit, the Census Bureau’s head says.
Four Democrats on the Senate oversight committee for the Census Bureau say they’re worried the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census is “tainted by improper political considerations.”