The Trump Administration pushed to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census forms. They cited that this was intended to help protect voting rights.
The question was shot down by federal judges after 17 states came together and pushed for it to be reviewed by a federal body. The Judges found that the request was founded in “bad faith,” and rejected that it be added to the census forms.
Because of the Trump administration’s hardline approach to illegal immigration, much of the countries immigrant population has expressed fear at participating in the census due to the feared consequences of exposing themselves – even though the census is anonymous.
But why does this matter so much?
Congressional seats are based upon population. As states develop more inhabitants, their congressional seats can increase, or, if they are undercounted, they can decrease.
California currently holds 53 congressional seats. If the census is under-counted, they risk possibly losing one of those seats.
That’s why they are spending 126 million dollars on the census this year.
Ironically enough, of the 26 states’ spending money on the census, only four are controlled by Republicans. Some have suggested this is part of the GOP’s attempt to restrict Democratic control by not counting minority populations which tend to vote Democratic.
Texas is the second largest state in the country, with about 29 million people – California has about 40 million. Texas won’t be spending any money on the census as a state, but many non-profits and other organizations are donating to the effort, equaling almost 10 million in contributions to assist with the census.
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Democrats take aim at census citizenship question in spending fight. (2018, November 29). Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-census-budget/democrats-take-aim-at-census-citizenship-question-in-spending-fight-idUSKCN1NY2J1
In 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much. (2019, December 16). Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/15/us/census-california-texas-undercount.html?te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_NN_p_20191216§ion=topNews?campaign_id=9&instance_id=14568&segment_id=19635&user_id=a48f97e4c9dbdc83ef9a763e652a9cb4®i_id=103205845tion=topNews
Macagnone, M. (2019, September 23). House Democrats look beyond funding in census preparations. Retrieved from https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/house-democrats-look-beyond-funding-in-census-preparations