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Sen. Cory Booker proposes a preemptive strike against the use of a Citizenship Question for the 2020 Census to give the Republicans political advantage.
The Democratic president of New Jersey hopes to present a bill to the Senate on Wednesday that would make it possible for the US census bureau not to include citizenship information in the data that the bureau will use to redistribute a national census Must provide officials.
So far, relocation officials tasked with redesigning electoral districts have only had access to the total population of the population, where US citizens are not discriminated against by non-citizens. A citizenship question for which the Trump government has so far blocked the inclusion of in the census forms for 2020 could radically change the political map making process in the coming years.
Census answers to the question: "Is this person a US citizen? United States?" – could be used by map makers to redraw districts based on the number of citizens who are old enough to vote and not on the total number of inhabitants in a particular area.
This method would be "beneficial to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites," concluded a major GOP redistricting strategist in an unpublished study that recently emerged as part of complaints about government pressure on a citizenship issue.
In a Republican-controlled Senate, Booker's bill is unlikely to become law. However, the Democratic Senator sees the political idea as potential control against the Trump government's use of the census, as the Senator put it: "A surgical tool to subdue and violate particular communities for political gain."
A redistribution based on citizenship data will further overshadow the already dramatically under-estimated color communities, "says a written statement by Booker.
More than two dozen states, cities, and other groups have the administration in court The issue of citizenship continues in a more than one-year legal dispute that is still ongoing Critics of the issue point to estimates by Census Bureau researchers showing that the issue most likely discourages households with non-citizens, especially in Latin American communities The Supreme Court has decided to exclude the issue from the census for the time being, and the majority of judges rejected the government's stated reason for accepting voting rights better protection of ethnic minorities because they appear to be "invented".
However, it is expected that the government will soon launch another push for the issue. However, it is not clear how the officials will justify this time.
The first decision to add the Citizenship Question was made last year by Trade Minister Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau. While the plaintiffs allege in the lawsuits that GOP strategist Thomas Hofeller has influenced the government's efforts, government officials have stated that Ross was not motivated to use answers to the redistribution question
"The Secretary has not based on this rationale in his decision-making record," US Attorney General Noel Francisco said in a submission to the Supreme Court last month.
But last week, President Trump told reporters before the White House that among the "many reasons" a citizenship question was needed for the census "for Congress, for the division".
"The President has now admitted" He intends to include information about citizenship in the redistribution process. Experts warn that this will benefit a political party, "said Booker." This outrageous and obvious attempt to manipulate our democratic process would fundamentally revise the rules of who is allowed to participate in a representative democracy in America, and he can not remain unchecked. "
Whether or not a Citizenship Question Appears on Census Forms The Census Bureau is ready to release information about citizenship that can be used by redistributors from 2021. In addition to approving a citizenship question last year, Ross directed the office to compile existing government documents on citizenship from the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland, and the State Department.
Census Bureau officials say they are waiting for the "guidance" from Ross to provide anonymized information to citizenship on the basis of the records to be published, of which the researchers of the office have determined that they are more accurate than self-reported answers to a citizenship census question.