Deja vu: Citizenship question or not?

This question comes up almost every decade. Should there be a citizenship question on the census short form? See previous posts on this:
A Trump Executive Order
Legislative districts should be based on voters not people
Vitter amendment
Louisiana loses a seat and a suit
Louisiana’s arguments for excluding non-citizens
Constitutionality of Excluding Aliens via CRS

This time around, the argument is that the Trump administration needs counts of citizens to make sure the Voting Rights Act is properly administered. See below for details:
Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts
Justin Elliot | ProPublica
December 29, 2017
“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census”

Re-printed in HuffingtonPost and Salon

DOJ pushing for citizenship question on census forms: report
Julia Manchester | The Hill
December 29, 2017

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking the Census Bureau if a question on citizenship status could be added to 2020 census forms, according to a letter first reported by ProPublica on Friday.

The DOJ letter, dated Dec. 12, said including a question on citizenship would allow the the department to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

“To fully enforce those requirements, the Department needs a reliable calculation of the citizen voting-age population in localities where voting rights violations are alleged or suspected,” the letter said.

However, critics say including a question on immigration could prevent immigrants from participating in the census due to fears the government could use the information against them.

And, here’s the letter – notice the addressee’s title. The Census Bureau needs a director.


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