Adding Citizenship Question Not in Cons(C)ENSUS ⚖

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A vote in contempt

Wednesday afternoon, President Trump invoked executive privilege to block congressional access to documents disclosing Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a question on citizenship status to the US Census. Hours later, the committee voted 24-15 to hold AG Barr and Ross in contempt of Congress.

A year-long battle

Advocacy organizations including the ACLU sued the Department of Commerce for the addition of the citizenship question in June of last year. In January, a federal court blocked the addition of the question in January, but the Trump administration appealed the ruling; the Supreme Court heard verbal arguments in April. Last night, however, the ACLU filed a motion to delay the court’s ruling.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News (Opinion): House Dem zealots ignore facts to wrongly cite Trump Cabinet members for contempt

Townhall: After Democrats Unnecessarily Rush to Contempt, President Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Census Documents

Articles leaning right condemn the Democrats (and one Republican) on the the committee that voted to hold the AG and Secretary Commerce in contempt. They view the vote as an improper attempt to sway the Supreme Court. These outlets also argue that the decision is uncalled for, citing that the DOJ was fully compliant by providing 17,000 documents and numerous testimonies at the request of the committee.

LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post (Opinion): The Trump administration’s desperate census coverup continues

ThinkProgress: Trump feigns ignorance on his administration’s racist census change

Articles leaning left condemn the administration’s insistence to add the citizenship question to the census. They argue that doing so discourages immigrants from filling out the government survey, which could cause as many as four million people to be uncounted, including a substantial number of black and Latinx individuals. They assert that this misrepresentation on the census has implications on available resources and representation in districts.


Where's the common ground?

The left and right are contentiously divided, with the left denouncing the Department of Commerce and administration as a whole and the right condemning the House Oversight Committee. In spite of the varied reactions, both sides look to the Supreme Court decision at the end of June as having the final say on the inclusion of the citizenship question in the census.

A real-time look at the House Oversight Committee and Trump administration:

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