Tag: Census

A Census Whodunit: Why Was the Citizenship Question Added?

WASHINGTON — When a House committee sued senior Trump administration officials this past week over their refusal to turn over details of the administration’s failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, it might have seemed a post-mortem to an issue long settled. But five months after the Supreme Court blocked the […]

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House Committee Sues Barr, Ross Over 2020 Census Documents

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday sued William P. Barr, the attorney general, and Wilbur L. Ross Jr., the commerce secretary, for refusing to produce subpoenaed documents regarding President Trump’s failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for […]

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U.S. Census Bureau recruiting in Hampton Roads for 2020 Census Team

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – The United States Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people around the country, including in Hampton Roads, to assist with the 2020 Census count. The Census Bureau is hiring for positions such as census takers, recruiting assistants, office clerks and supervisory staff. Pay rates can vary by position and location, the […]

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The Supreme Court Confronts DACA

In the four months since the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s cynical effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the decision — which the president came dangerously close to defying — has faded from view under the weight of all that has happened since. The census will proceed next spring in […]

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Data for the Public Good

These days, the very word “data” elicits fear and suspicion in many of us — and with good reason. DNA-testing companies are sharing genetic information with the government. A firm hired by the Trump campaign gained access to the private information of 50 million Facebook users. Hotels, hospitals, and a consumer credit reporting agency have […]

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How Prisons Inflate Rural Voters’ Power

The Trump administration suffered its worst legal defeat yet last month when the Supreme Court effectively forced it to keep a citizenship question off the 2020 census. Had the effort succeeded, fewer immigrants and noncitizens would have participated in the census, thereby warping a decade’s worth of federal statistics and congressional districts. More than 200,000 […]

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A Plan to End Partisan Gerrymandering

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The Supreme Court ruled last month that federal courts cannot rule on cases of partisan gerrymandering, saying that judges are not entitled to second-guess the decisions made by state legislators who draw voting maps. We spoke […]

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The Long History of the U.S. Government Asking Americans Whether They Are Citizens

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ordered the Census Bureau to attach a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, the first argument he used to back up his decision was also the simplest: We’ve always asked. The question has been “a longstanding historical practice,” he wrote, “asked in some form or another for nearly 200 […]

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The President and the Census

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal courts keep rejecting President Trump’s attempts to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. But no matter what the courts decide, the president may have already achieved his goal. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Justice Department’s Effort to Withdraw Lawyers on Census Citizenship Case

A federal judge in New York on Tuesday rejected the Justice Department’s request to withdraw its lawyers midway through a case challenging the administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. On Sunday, the Justice Department had said it was replacing the legal team defending the citizenship question. It offered no explanation […]

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The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump

One month before Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a bid by conservative legal activists to rejigger the boundaries of American electoral politics in their favor. The plaintiffs in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, argued that Texas should not use total population numbers in determining how to redistrict the […]

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Barr Says Legal Path to Census Citizenship Question Exists, but He Gives No Details

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr began working to find a way to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census just after the Supreme Court blocked its inclusion last month, Mr. Barr said on Monday, adding that he believes that the administration can find a legal path to incorporating […]

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Justice Dept. to Replace Lawyers in Census Citizenship Question Case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said without explanation on Sunday that it was replacing the legal team defending the Trump administration’s effort to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, issuing a statement in which it said it was “shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward.” The announcement […]

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Trump Administration Pressing Ahead in Efforts to Add Citizenship Question to Census

Justice Department lawyers told a federal judge on Friday that they would press ahead in their efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but indicated they did not know yet what kind of rationale they would put forward. The assertion capped a chaotic week in which administration officials first promised to abide […]

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Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census

President Trump on Friday said he is “thinking of” issuing an executive order to allow for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, as his administration faced a midafternoon court deadline to say how it planned to move forward. Mr. Trump made the remarks to reporters on the south lawn of the White House, as […]

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Now Let’s Get the Census Count Right

Among fans of representative democracy, there was a collective sigh of relief this week when the Trump administration finally dropped its push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. No matter that the Supreme Court ruling that compelled this retreat objected not to the administration’s quest to undermine the fairness and accuracy of […]

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Trump Vows to Move Forward With Citizenship Question on Census

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that the Commerce Department is “absolutely moving forward” with plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, contradicting statements made by his Department of Justice and Wilbur Ross, the Commerce secretary, and calling reports based on them “fake.” It was the second time in two days […]

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Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census

In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial head count. For the first time, households will have the option of responding online, and field workers going door to door will be equipped with smartphones to log the information they […]

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The Supreme Court Isn’t as Naïve as Trump Hoped

The Supreme Court affirmed a basic rule of the operation of government on Thursday: Federal agencies have to give believable reasons for the actions they take. The justices applied that rule to stop the Trump administration, at least for now, from wrecking the 2020 census. The decision in Department of Commerce v. New York shouldn’t […]

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