Battle over 2020 CITIZENSHIP Question Continues: Trump Seeks CENSUS DELAY

Battle over 2020 CITIZENSHIP Question Continues: Trump Seeks CENSUS DELAY 1 Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Last week was a big week for the Supreme Court and voter issues. SCOTUS sent the ‘gerrymandering’ issue back to the states saying it was not in their jurisdiction to decide and then sent the issue of adding a question about citizenship to the census back to the lower courts for further consideration.

The Trump administration wanted to add a question to the 2020 census which asked about citizenship status.

Trump had blasted the “radical” Democrats who opposed the citizenship question is none other than a Tweet earlier in April which stated: “Can you believe that the Radical Left Democrats want to do our new and very important Census Report without the all-important Citizenship Question. The report would be meaningless and a waste of the $Billions (ridiculous) that it costs to put together!”

The dispute made it up to the Supreme Court who gave a major setback to the administration. According to Foxnews.com “The court had said that the administration’s explanation for adding the question was insufficient and sent it back to the lower courts for further consideration…while more lower-court litigation is possible, it would be difficult for the government to get the question on the census in time for the forms to be printed by their original self-declared summer deadline.”

Trump may have found a loophole. The President “raised the possibility of a delay until a final resolution by the courts.” In another twitter response, the President wrote of the SCOTUS decision:

Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020. I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the … United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter.

The Supreme Court’s decision is bringing to light concerns on both sides. Opponents of the citizenship question fear “that by asking people about their citizenship status, immigrants may not want to respond and be counted in the census.” Of course, the result would be “official population numbers that are lower than they truly are, which in turn could yield less federal funding and fewer congressional seats in districts with high immigrant populations. Those districts tend to favor Democrats” Foxnews.com reports.

On the other hand, the Trump administration claims the question is undeniably necessary because it helps to enforce “Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act” which deals with voting practices that discriminate based on race. “The idea behind this is that having this data would help prevent the drawing of congressional maps in ways that discriminate against minority citizens of voting age.”