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Following a failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the Trump government has directed the Census Bureau to use government documents to produce US citizenship status information for all those living in the country.  In July, the office tacitly submitted a regulatory document confirming that Trade Minister Wilbur Ross, who oversees the federal government's largest federal statistical office, had instructed it to create "National Voting Age Information", which states  In December last year, the Bureau announced that it is officially gathering feedback from state redistribution officials on the type of demographic information needed to remodel constituencies after the 2020 census  "When these actors state that the citizenship data for 2020 must be tabulated Public Census Act 94-171 The Census Bureau will redistribute the data file and make a design change to include citizenship. A part of that data, "the bureau said in a Federal Register notice.
It turned out that not a single stakeholder is in the Census Bureau Informed that there was one Information about citizenship needs to be included in the redistribution data, the bureau announced this week in a regulatory document filed with the White House Administration and Budget Office.
However, the bureau is still planning to provide information to release the citizenship separately from the redistribution file until March 2021.
The announcement raises questions about why the Trump government officials have cited the redistribution of the state as a reason for publishing citizenship data, which are more detailed than the estimates from the American Community Survey
Prior to his death, GOP redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller came to the conclusion in an unpublished study that detailed information about citizenship could enable the Re-drawing of electoral districts that were "beneficial to Republican and non-Hispanic whites "would be. However, the Trump administration's lawyers have argued that Hofeller "played little or no role in advocating a citizenship issue," which provided detailed data on citizenship.
Nevertheless, President Trump has stressed the potential impact of this data on state redistribution. Through a decree published in July, Trump instructed all federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, to share their citizenship data with the Department of Commerce.
Data for district purposes, "Trump said in the Executive Order on Collecting Information on Citizenship." This order will help the Ministry [Commerce] obtain the most accurate and complete citizenship data so that it can respond to such requests from states . "
The White House has not responded to questions of the NPR, which are civil servants of the President
The Office of Public Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce also has not responded to the questions of NPR after Ross & # 39; decision,
An important reason for data on citizenship not mentioned in the executive order is the enforcement of the protection of the right to vote against discrimination of ethnic and linguistic Minde During the legal dispute over the now-blocked citizenship issue, the administration used this civil rights law as its declared motivation – a rationale that the federal courts dismissed and which a judge called a "fictitious justification".
Reference to a judgment of the Supreme Court of the USA from 2016 in Evenwel v. Abbott left it unanswered whether it is permissible for states to redraft legislation, based on the number of voters in one area and not on all residents.
We do not want to and do not want to clarify whether states, as argued by Texas, may move districts to balance the population eligible to vote and not the entire population, "wrote Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the name of the court majority.
Problem for a future Supreme Court battle, and the efforts of the Trump administration to provide citizenship data have helped pave the way for a possible political struggle.
The chief scientist of the Bureau, John Abowd, recently announced that the office plans to publish the final citizenship data for 2021 in March next year.