Left Menu
Development News Edition

Trump administration decides not to include citizenship question in 2020 Census

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 03-07-2019 10:38 IST | Created: 03-07-2019 10:34 IST
Trump administration decides not to include citizenship question in 2020 Census
Image Credit: Blue Diamond Gallery

The Trump administration has dropped a controversial plan to add a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, marking a major victory for civil rights groups who argued that such a move would deter immigrants from taking part in the once-a-decade population count. The Trump administration's decision comes just days after the Supreme Court blocked efforts to include the question, ruling that the government's justification seemed "contrived".

The White House argued it would bolster protections for minority voters. But opponents said it would deter immigrant households from taking part in the population count.

They said that the citizenship question, which has not been included since 1950, would drive many immigrants to avoid answering out of fear of being caught up in Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who originally directed the Census Bureau to add the question, said in a statement that he was moving ahead with printing the 2020 census despite his disagreement with the court's ruling last week.

"I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census," Ross said. "The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census," he said.

Last week, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the citizenship question and said the government had not provided adequate justification for it. President Donald Trump initially touted the idea of delaying the census to allow time to provide new legal arguments. In a series of later tweets, President Trump said it was "a very sad time for America". "A very sad time for America when the Supreme Court of the United States won't allow a question of "Is this person a Citizen of the United States?" to be asked on the #2020 Census! Going on for a long time," he tweeted.

The move was welcomed by the opposition Democratic party leaders. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, termed the decision as a welcoming development for the country's democracy. "House Democrats will be vigilant to ensure a full, fair and accurate Census.We will continue to advance strong legislation to secure critical funding to guarantee maximum participation and inclusion so that every person in every community is counted," she said. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said the exclusion of citizenship question from the census is a victory for the US democracy and for fair representation of all communities in this country.

"The Trump administration's politically-motivated efforts to undermine the Constitution in this instance were so reprehensible that even the conservative Supreme Court couldn't let them get away with it. Democrats in Congress will be watching the Trump administration like a hawk to ensure there is no wrong-doing throughout this process and that every single person is counted," he said. Indian-American Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference Education Fund, said that this is a victory for all those who fought so hard against this partisan ploy to weaponise the census and rig American democracy.

"Now we double down on the work to ensure a fair and accurate count. We remain particularly committed to ensuring that hard-to-count communities, especially those understandably fearful of this administration's motives, take part in the next census," she said. Gupta also said the census without the controversial citizenship question will ensure everyone is counted.

"Through our census counts campaign, and alongside our allies, we will stay focused on making sure everyone is counted so that all of our country's communities get the representation and resources they deserve," Gupta said. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said that he felt encouraged that administration officials dropped President Trump's unconstitutional plan to postpone the Census just because he lost the Supreme Court case.

"The Trump Administration put our country through more than a year of wasted time and squandered resources -- all in the service of an illegal attempt to add a discriminatory question based on a pretext," he said. Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said President Trump tried to politicise the upcoming Census 2020 in a naked effort to instill fear in immigrants and communities of colour. "But the Supreme Court of the US agreed with us, and today the Trump administration admitted defeat by removing this ridiculous citizenship question," he said.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

How UK’s 'best prepared' healthcare system failed to gauge COVID-19

The UK is proud of their public health system and its unlike any other country as around 90 percent of British public supports the founding principles of National Health Service. But without accurate data being available to stakeholders in ...

Poor on IHR capacity progress in 2019, WHO says Cambodia tops COVID-19 response

Despite being in proximity to Hubei, the original epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has reported just 226 confirmed cases and zero deaths. After seeing the data, WHO appreciated Cambodias healthcare information system but experts dou...

Videos

Latest News

U.S.'s Azar says any U.S. vaccine would be shared once U.S. needs met

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday that any U.S. vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 would be shared fairly with the rest of the world, once the U.S. need has been satisfied. There are more than 200 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in ...

Man held for giving triple talaq on social media

Udupi district police have arrested a 38-year-old man for giving triple talaq to his wife through a social media platform. The accused has been identified as Sheikh Mohammed Saleem, belonging to Shirva in the district.Police sources said Sa...

EMERGING MARKETS-Stocks, currencies stuck in tight range; China data calms nerves

Emerging market stocks and currencies traded in a tight range on Monday as worries remained about worsening Sino-U.S. ties, while signs of improvement in Chinas industrial activity helped calm some nerves.Following a strong start to the fir...

Angels hope for spark from battery vs. A's

Julio Teheran will be on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night against the Oakland As in Anaheim, Calif., hoping that he can improve on his only other start this season. Behind the plate to guide him will be catcher Max Stass...

Give Feedback