Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump and his administration are waving the white flag on the census citizenship question for the second time this month — this time apparently for good. Trump announced Thursday that he’ll push to get citizenship data by some other means, rather than attempting to avenge his administration’s Supreme Court loss or trying an executive order.
The news will hearten those who feared the census question would be used to help Republicans politically.
But what if it already has?
Opponents of the move have long argued that this whole thing is an attempt to dissuade undocumented immigrants from responding to the census. And if the undocumented don’t respond, the argument goes, that would dilute the power of the largely Democratic areas in which they live and shift power to more Republican-friendly areas.
Some opponents, though, have suggested this might happen even if the question isn’t ultimately on the census. They said that could happen simply by virtue of the protracted debate we’ve had — which could render the undocumented suspicious of the process and the census.
This was always meant to frighten Hispanics and other ethnic groups into not responding to the census so that white people would continue to be over represented in Congress and local politics.
The demographics are changing but if they are miscounted does it really matter?
And Trump indicated that he had other tricks up his sleeve as well.
Courtesy of Mother Jones:
Trump ordered the Census Bureau to gather existing data on citizenship from administrative records, and ordered other federal agencies to turn over their citizenship data to the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau. The administration could then use this information to draw districts based on citizenship rather than total population during the next redistricting cycle in 2021—something some Republicans have been advocating. That would shift political power to whiter and more Republican areas with fewer immigrants, a move that longtime GOP redistricting strategist Tom Hofeller said in 2015 would be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”
“Some states may want to draw districts based on voter eligible population,” Trump said Thursday.
Attorney General William Barr brought up a separate but related issue. “There is a legal dispute about whether illegal aliens can be counted for apportionment purposes,” Barr said, referring to a lawsuit from Alabama seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from counting toward congressional appointment. “Depending on the resolution of that dispute, this data could be useful for that.”
Just more desperate attempts by the white people in this country to hold onto power for just a little bit longer.