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Bridging The Gap
The Census: Another Brick in Trumpís White House Wall
  Thursday 13 June, 2019
The Census: Another Brick in Trumpís White House Wall

Wednesday brought yet another demonstration of the Trump administrationís indifference to the constitutional system of checks and balances. The president asserted executive privilege over all documents requested by the House Oversight and Reform Committee in its investigation of his administrationís decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The battle over the integrity of the census has been fiery, with good reason. The addition of the question could result in a major undercount of residents in Hispanic and immigrant-heavy areas, skewing the electoral map in favor of Republicans. The administration has claimed that the change is needed to ensure enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by providing better data on the citizenship of voting-age adults. Democrats have their doubts ó doubts that received a significant lift last month when it was revealed that documents detailing the partisan rewards of adding a citizenship question had been found in the digital files of a now-deceased Republican strategist, Thomas Hofeller, who played a key role in getting the question added.

Also gnawing at Democrats: the fact that Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, appears to have lied to Congress in his March 2018 testimony regarding the questionís origins. More than two dozen states and cities are suing the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau to block the citizenship question.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/opinion/trump-census-contempt.html

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