Census data serves as the basis for decisions about how to allocate federal resources and draw congressional districts. That, swear critics, would redistribute money and political vitality faraway from Democrat-led metropolis districts - the attach immigrants have a tendency to cluster - and toward whiter, rural areas the attach Republicans attain neatly.
Justice Department lawyers scrambled to meet a Friday afternoon court deadline to detail a path forward to add the question to the Census - a reversal that was prompted by a tweet from the president earlier this week urging officials to continue pursuing avenues to add the question despite the Supreme Court's ruling and public statements from the Justice and Commerce Departments indicating the question would not be included.
"When you start counting citizens, then you will have citizens represented in Congress", Merrill added.
"I think over the next day or two you'll see what approach we're taking", Barr told reporters after touring a federal prison in SC, according to the Post and Courier.
Another former Justice Department official says the change in strategy, forced by Trump's tweet, would have made their position in court "untenable".
After the Commerce Department announced previous year that a citizenship question would be included the move sparked controversy and a high-stakes court battle as critics argued that asking about citizenship status will lead to an inaccurate count and intimidate noncitizens.
That unfolding process in the court of U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel of Greenbelt, MD, could result - probably by mid-September - in a new order against including the citizenship question because of the racial bias issue.
With government lawyers under pressure from President Trump looking for a new way to justify asking everyone in America about their citizenship next year, federal judges in two cities moved rapidly on Friday to consider issuing new orders to stop that addition to 2020 census forms.
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The question's opponents cite the newfound computer files of a deceased GOP strategist as evidence that the Trump administration's push for the census question is motivated by forming favorable political maps for Republicans.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, argued (pdf) that an accurate citizen count is needed to properly enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1973, which protects minorities from unfair redistricting. However, the headline stating "Good census decision if it holds up" testified to The Eagle's concern that the White House would try to do an end-run around the Court's ruling. "Any strive at an end bustle around the Supreme Court docket's resolution will likely be unsuccessful, and could well just be met with out warning in court docket".
The administration had pushed the Supreme Court to decide the case quickly, citing a July 1 deadline to begin printing the forms.
"Any suggestion that on a moment's notice the Census Bureau could add an extra piece of paper with an additional question to a census that it has been planning literally for a decade demonstrates a breathtaking ignorance of what it takes to pull off a census", said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a census consultant.
"What you saw on the part of the administration with the citizenship question is.it's disgraceful", Pelosi said during a press conference on Monday.
"Plaintiffs" remaining claims are based on the premise that the genesis of the citizenship question was steeped in discriminatory motive", Hazel wrote in a letter explaining his order.
Preparations for the $15.6 billion 2020 Census are intricately choreographed.
The challengers" document also aimed directly at President Trump, arguing that the administration's tactics in court had "come in the course of a series of high-profile anti-Latino immigrant initiatives, including threatening mass deportation of "millions of illegal aliens' and promotion of inhumane conditions in detention camps".