Cabinet Departments Will Share Citizen Data For 2020 Census

Try as they might, the people working tirelessly to keep the Department of Commerce from figuring out just exactly how many American citizens are living in the United States as opposed to people in general just can’t catch a break. Yes, they may have won court cases to keep a direct question off the actual questionnaire, but thanks to an order from President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security is going to help out the Census takers.

The Department of Homeland Security is agreeing to share citizenship information with the U.S. Census Bureau as part of President Donald Trump’s order to collect data on who is a citizen following the Supreme Court’s rejection of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form.

Trump’s order is being challenged in federal court, but meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security two weeks ago announced the agreement in a report. It said the agency would share administrative records to help the Census Bureau determine the number of citizens and non-citizens in the U.S., as well as the number of illegal immigrants.

Information that will be shared include personally-identifiable data, the Homeland Security document said.

Trump ordered the Census Bureau to collect citizenship information through administrative records from federal agencies and the 50 states after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration last summer by deciding that a citizenship question wouldn’t be allowed on this spring’s 2020 Census questionnaire.

The issue at hand, of course, is the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives and thus votes in the Electoral College which elects the president, technically. For decades, the distribution has been determined by a total count of the people, not necessarily one of the citizens. The Trump Administration seeks to change that by not counting non-citizens in that distribution.

The political establishment has stopped every attempt to even clean up voter rolls let alone cooperate with the census effort. With help from DHS, maybe a far more accurate count can be made.

 

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