Article: Experts Say Collecting Immigration Data Through US Census for Reapportionment Is Unconstitutional

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Experts Say Collecting Immigration Data Through US Census for Reapportionment Is Unconstitutional

President Donald Trump’s bid to exclude undocumented immigrants from a census tabulation used to determine how many U.S. representatives are apportioned to each state is unworkable and unconstitutional, according to civil rights groups and several American cities and counties suing the administration.

“It can’t be done,” Sarah Brannon, managing attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, told VOA, adding that the citizenship determination Trump is mandating would be hard to ascertain and “not very reliable.”

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Article: Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens

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Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens

President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. Census Bureau, to do something it would prefer to avoid: Determine the citizenship status of every U.S. resident, and where they live, without asking them. And he wants the answer by early 2021.

The presidential directive, issued in July, is an outgrowth of a failed attempt by the Trump administration to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census to be conducted next April. And meeting his short deadline will be a stern test for the nation’s largest statistical agency.

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Article: US Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question for now

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US Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question for now

The US Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration from adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 census for the time being.

The White House has argued that the question will bolster protections for minority voters.

But opponents say it could deter immigrant households from taking part because of fears that data could be shared with law enforcement agencies.

President Trump responded by saying he would try to delay the census.

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Article: The fight over the 2020 census citizenship question, explained

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The fight over the 2020 census citizenship question, explained

The latest face-off between House Democrats and President Donald Trump is over the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to recommend holding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas in the committee’s investigation into how and why the question was added.

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