Newly released documents confirm the Trump administration's push for a citizenship question was part of a bid to alter the census numbers used to divide up seats in Congress and the Electoral College.
The Trump administration tried and failed to accomplish a long-held desire of immigration hard-liners — a count of unauthorized immigrants to reshape Congress, the Electoral College and public policy.
Trump officials failed to turn over hundreds of files before going to trial over the now-blocked citizenship census question. "This was not DOJ's finest hour," a judge said.
Republicans in North Carolina fought in court to stop computer files found on the redistricting expert's hard drives from going public. Now his daughter, Stephanie Hofeller, is sharing them online.
The Justice Department told a court it has realized there are more internal documents that it inadvertently failed to disclose before lawsuits over the now-blocked census citizenship question ended.
Months after courts blocked the question from appearing on 2020 census forms, the Census Bureau released early findings from a national experiment testing public reaction to the controversial inquiry.
The Census Bureau is gathering records on people's U.S. citizenship status as part of Trump administration efforts to produce data that a GOP strategist said could politically benefit Republicans.
The lawsuit extends a legal fight over the Trump administration's efforts to produce data that a GOP strategist said could be used to politically benefit "Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."
After courts permanently blocked the question from the 2020 count, the Census Bureau revealed plans to change forms for American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Courts have permanently blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But the Census Bureau is continuing to send surveys that ask about citizenship status.