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The Supreme Court Allowed Trump to Stop Gathering Census Data Prematurely

The Supreme Court Allowed Trump to Stop Gathering Census Data Prematurely

The Supreme Court has blocked a lower court order requiring the Trump administration to continue gathering Census data. This shortening of the time period allotted for data collection could leave millions uncounted across America, especially amid natural disasters and a pandemic. The Census allots trillions of dollars for infrastructure, education and public services every ten years, and under-counted communities may potentially lose out on valuable funding. This could affect marginalized communities, and have several repercussions.

In addition, the Supreme Court has agreed to review President Trump’s case for excluding undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census. Federal law dictates that the Census count everyone who lives in the state, regardless of immigration status. Many have criticized the decision for potentially skewing population data and targeting immigrants.

The Census allots trillions of dollars for infrastructure, education and public services every ten years, and under-counted communities may potentially lose out on valuable funding. This could affect marginalized communities, and have several repercussions.

“President Trump has repeatedly tried — and failed — to weaponize the census for his attacks on immigrant communities. The Supreme Court rejected his attempt last year and should do so again,” said Dale Ho, a lead plaintiffs’ attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who argued against the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question in the Census.

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The Census has historically served as a baseline for the reapportionment of Congressional seats, a crucial reason to ensure an accurate Census count.

The Census deadline has now passed; now it’s time to see what the ramifications are. With ACB potentially becoming the next Supreme Court Justice, the court will become even more conservative, and likely used to push through right-wing extremist policies and legitimize fascism. The Census deadline being shortened is just one of the many disastrous Trump policy moves that we will likely continue to see repercussions from for years to come.

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