Census Question Officially Censored ❌

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Not on the census

On Tuesday, the Trump Administration stated that the Census Bureau would begin printing forms for the 2020 census without a question on respondents’ citizenship status. The inclusion of the question was highly controversial, as officials at the Census Bureau expressed concern that the question would lead to an undercount of noncitizen and minority residents

A Supreme battle

The announcement follows a 15-month legal battle that culminated in the Supreme Court rejecting the administration’s request to add the question. However, the ruling was not conclusive, and the administration presented another reason to include the question. This process may have delayed the printing of the census past the self-imposed deadline of July 1.


LEANING RIGHT:

Breitbart: Two-Thirds of Americans Back Citizenship Question on Census

Fox News: Censoring the Census Citizenship Question Is About Politics, Not the Law

The right heavily reports on a poll describing many Americans’ desire for the inclusion of the question, as well as its history: the citizenship question has been recurring on U.S. Census since 1820. Amid the current state of border politics, these publications have expressed a desire for awareness of who is residing in the US, regardless of the risk for skewed census results. 

LEANING LEFT:

Slate: Trump’s Apparent Decision to Drop the Citizenship Question Is the Biggest Legal Defeat of His Presidency

ShareBlue: Trump Officially Fails at His Racist Attempt to Rig the 2020 Census

The left views the decision as a victory. Many sources focus on the profound effects that were avoided by eliminated the citizenship question. As it would impact the number of immigrants counted (who tend to be or lean Democrat), these publications highlight that Democratic constituents could have lost significant representation and funding. 


Where's the common ground?

While disagreement still persists, both sides celebrate the kickoff of the census printing process. Leading up to Tuesday, there was concern that census printing could have been delayed as late as October, depending on the state of the case. 

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