The White House is preparing an executive order that would prevent undocumented immigrants from being counted in this year’s census, with Donald Trump probably signing it on Friday.
Politico’s Playbook bulletin first reported the expected order and a source familiar with the situation confirmed that it was underway.
Trump and his team of staunch immigration consultants – led by domestic policy advisor Stephen Miller – have targeted the annual number of all people living in the United States before, losing a battle last year in July when ‘He dropped an offer to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
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In an event in the White House almost a year ago to date (July 19), the President criticized federal judges and the Supreme Court for blocking his desire to add the question.
He called the decision a “leftist” effort to erode the rights of American citizens, and proposed a “solution” that he deployed later today during an event in Rose Garden.
“We are not backing down,” said Trump at the time. “We will defend the right of the American people to know all the facts about the population, the size of citizens and non-citizens in America. … Knowledge of this information is vital for formulating sound public policy. ”
At that time, the president announced that his administration would mandate each federal department to give the Commerce Department all files on non-citizens and citizens in the United States, saying that such a step was necessary to obtain “A precise count of non-citizens”. population. ”
Although he swore a year ago to “leave nothing to chance”, the order to come is another reversal of his administration: he now simply intends not to count them at all.
Rumors of the move appeared to have reached Capitol Hill last week – and met with bipartisan resistance.
Senators Jerry Moran (Republican of Kansas) and Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat of New Hampshire), chair and vice-chair of a Senate spending committee that distributes funds for the census, wrote census director Stephen Dillingham, July 7: “It is imperative for the census to count every person in the United States, where they live, and this includes communities that, for various reasons, have historically had low participation in the decennial censuses. “
“We hope that the data processing will be free from political interference and that the highest standards of integrity and fairness will be respected,” wrote the duo. “We will be watching closely to make sure this is the case. In addition, we hope that the Bureau will continue to keep the Committee regularly informed of its progress and to be alerted immediately if you require additional resources for the decennial 2020 census. ”
The two senators said in a statement that their concerns came after hearing Trump’s political appointments were quietly transferred to the census store.
The census is “constitutionally mandated and conducted by the US Census Bureau, a non-partisan government agency. The 2020 census counts the population of the United States and five American territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the United States Virgin Islands) “, according to a government file.
“The census provides essential data that legislators, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products and support for you and your community. Billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, firefighters and schools, roads and other resources based on census data each year, “said the backgrounder. “Census results also determine the number of seats each state will have in the United States House of Representatives, and they are used to draw the legislative districts of Congress and the states. ”
After Trump tried to add the citizenship issue last year, some immigration advocates warned that undocumented migrants would likely skip filling out their forms, fearing possible deportation.