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Minority Communities Can Breathe A Little Easier, For Now, As The Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

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The Supreme Court at least temporarily blocked a citizenship question from the 2020 census Thursday, avoiding a change that experts say could lead to a major undercount of many states with large immigrant communities and far-reaching ramifications for federal funding and political clout.

News broke that the US Supreme Court has voted not to allow the racist citizenship question on next year’s census.

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In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal members of the court in ruling that the Trump administration’s explanation for adding the question to the census — to improve compliance with the Voting Rights Act — did not hold water. At the same time, Roberts and the more conservative members rejected the argument that a citizenship question is inherently unconstitutional.

The justices upheld a lower court decision demanding more explanation from the Commerce Department, which means the question will be blocked unless the administration can provide a more satisfactory explanation for its motives.

And it turns out that Justice Roberts, a conservative, voted with the Liberal justices to block the questions.

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However, many pointed out that he sided with the conservatives justices in their dissent on the citizenship question not being inherently wrong or illegal.

He only sided with the Liberals, many say, as a reminder to Trump to basically learn how to lie better to provide the court the cover it needs to enact the president’s racist agenda.

The decision comes just days before a June 30 deadline set by the Census Bureau, after which it said it needs to start printing the census forms. But if that deadline is extended, the administration could have more time to provide a new explanation and get the question on the census.

However, the threat to minority communities isn’t over yet.

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Legal challengers in the case have said the administration’s reasons were the opposite – to dilute minority representation – and they said additional evidence has come to light recently that supports their claims.

A Maryland federal judge this week said that evidence, which came from the files of a GOP political consultant who died last year, “potentially connects the dots between a discriminatory purpose – diluting Hispanics’ political power – and Secretary Ross’s decision.”

The evidence wasn’t directly before the Supreme Court when it took up the case, though it has received additional legal filings from both sides in recent weeks. New lower court proceedings are pending, though it isn’t clear what impact, if any, those will have after the high court’s ruling.

Many took to Twitter to point the Trump Administration is already using other methods to undercount Latinos, refugees, and other minority groups.

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States like California could actually lose seats in the House of Representatives along with billions of dollars in federal funding. The threat to our communities is very real.

So how did we get here?

It’s been a long and complicated road to this US Supreme Court decision.

Reactions on Twitter to the breaking news have been swift.

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Many were happy to see the court making a decision based on law and not partisan politics. Others were just glad to have a bit more time for the lower courts to address the shocking allegations of a conspiracy related to the citizenship question.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder had some thoughts on the case as well…

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Obama’s former Attorney General also pointed out the suspicious origins of the citizenship question after recent documents came to light.

There’s no word yet on whether or not the Trump Administration is going to pursue other legal avenues to get the question on the 2020 Census.

READ: The 2020 Census Will Include A Question Asking About Citizenship And It Will Be Disastrous For Our Community

Minority Communities Can Breathe A Little Easier As It’s Announced The 2020 Census Won’t Have The Citizenship Question Afterall

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Minority Communities Can Breathe A Little Easier As It’s Announced The 2020 Census Won’t Have The Citizenship Question Afterall

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After weeks of uncertainty, it looks like we finally know the next steps for the 2020 Census.

It seemed all but clear today, Trump was going to try to use his executive authority to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. But at a news conference Thursday evening, Trump admitted defeat on the census and instead will be directing federal agencies to do his bidding for him.

Many imigrant rights activists and minority community leaders are claiming victory since having the citizenship question on the census could have intimidated some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations from participating.

At a Rose Garden press conference, Trump announced that he is giving up on his attempt to include the controversial citizenship question.

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President Trump announced Thursday he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to obtain an estimate of U.S. citizenship through other means.

“I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country,” Trump said in a Rose Garden announcement Thursday afternoon. “They must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately. We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the noncitizen population.”

Instead, Trump ordered government agencies to share information to figure out how many undocumented people are living in the US.

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And this has people wondering what will his government attempt to do with this information?

Also, many noted that the plan Trump is following now is the exact same plan the Census Bureau suggested last year but the administration ignored it only to return to it nearly a year later.

Trump’s press conference also showed that his White House is 100% running on chaos.

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The final announcement also comes just hours after it was reported Trump was going to use an executive order to try and add the question to the 2020 Census – completely defying the Supreme Court.

Obviously, the administation is running on chaos as few people seem to know what the President is going to do from hour to hour.

Trump’s announcement comes just weeks after the Supreme Court denied the administration’s attempt to include the question.

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The Supreme Court late last month blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census.

The bitter controversy centers around whether the administration can ask all recipients a citizenship question on the 2020 census for the first time since 1950 — a move that could impact the balance of power in states and the House of Representatives, which are based on total population.

Adding the question, critics say, could result in minorities being undercounted by scaring off even legal residents or naturalized citizens from completing the questionnaire, which is also used to determine funding for an array of important government programs.

Many treated the news as a victory for immigrant’s rights and minority communities.

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Immigration and civil rights groups opposing the administration’s efforts have argued that including a citizenship question on the census could reduce response rates in immigrant communities, resulting in federal funding cuts to areas with high minority populations and congressional districts being drawn in a fashion that would politically advantage Republicans.

A Census Bureau report released just last month estimated that adding the question was likely to reduce responses in households with at least one non-citizen by at least 8 percent.

Even though he was expected to back away from the citizenship question, lawmarkers were still worried.

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Given that Trump had even floated the idea of defying a court order from the US Supreme Court shows that he tends to think like a dictator.

This has given many people many things to worry about.

One reporter noted the ominous sound of thunder rumbling overhead as Trump outlined his administration’s next steps.

I mean, why doesn’t this surprise me? His alternative plan to the citizenship question on the census is still to identify the number of undocumented people living in the country. What will he do with that information?

READ: Latinos Face Severe Underrepresentation With 2020 Census, Here’s Why That Matters

Somebody Needs To Educate The President On Executive Orders Because Apparently He Wants To Use One To Override The Supreme Court

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Somebody Needs To Educate The President On Executive Orders Because Apparently He Wants To Use One To Override The Supreme Court

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The drama over the 2020 Census continues to play out.

The Trump administration had wanted to include a controversial citizenship question because in their words they wanted to use the information to better enforce the Voting Rights Act. However, that excuse fell flat with the Supreme Court after documents came to light showing ulterior motives involving suppressing the voice of non-White communities.

The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s request to include the question but that hasn’t stopped him from seeking ways around the court so that he can move forward with the illegal question.

Trump says he’s considering an executive order to put the citizenship question on next year’s census.

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President Donald Trump said Friday he is “very seriously” considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.

Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for a weekend in New Jersey, Trump said the idea is among four or five options he’s considering as he pushes the issue.

“It’s one of the ways that we’re thinking about doing it, very seriously,” he said, despite the fact that the government has already begun the process of printing the census questionnaire without that question. 

Trump’s announcement is the latest twist in a never-ending story of his administration’s attempt to include the controversial question.

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Trump’s administration has faced numerous roadblocks to adding the question, including last week’s Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily. But Trump has insisted his administration push forward, and suggested Friday officials might be able to add an addendum to the questionnaire with the question after it’s already printed.

Executive orders do not override decisions of the Supreme Court – that would be a dictatorship.

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An executive order would not, by itself, override court rulings blocking the inclusion of the citizenship question. But such an action from Trump would perhaps give administration lawyers a new basis to try to persuade federal courts that the question could be included.

“Executive orders do not override decisions of the Supreme Court,” Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement Friday. MALDEF is representing plaintiffs in the census lawsuit in Maryland.

Any effort to circumvent the Supreme Court by way of executive order would also likely act as fuel to the fire for the dozens of House Democrats who have advocated for an impeachment inquiry into the president to be initiated.

Many took to Twitter to express their frustration with the President and his possibly illegal plan.

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One lawyer pointed out that the US Constitution specifically gives all responsibility regarding the census to Congress – not to the President. So there’s that standing in between Trump and his executive order.

But many pointed out that Trump doesn’t seem to care about those formalities and would probably try anyway.

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I mean he’s attempted to enact several other controversial policies via executive order and so far the Supreme Court has largely let him get away with it – until the Census case.

While others suggested that if he straight up defies the Supreme Court, this could be the beginning of the end of the Trump Presidency.

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House Democrats, Speaker Pelosi, among others, would be hard pressed to find an excuse to not start impeachment proceedings against a President who has defied the highest court in the nation.

READ: Latinos Face Severe Underrepresentation With 2020 Census, Here’s Why That Matters