Trump may face more court battles over giving citizenship data to states

Trump may face more court battles over giving citizenship data to states
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  • calendar-gray 15 July 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s order that all federal agencies provide citizenship data to the Commerce Department could open a new legal front over whether states can redraw their voting maps based on citizenship status, APA reports citing Reuters.

Trump dropped the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census on Thursday following a recent defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court. Instead, he ordered other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration, to provide relevant data.

The Census Bureau can combine such information with citizenship data it receives from a population tally called the American Community Survey (ACS), which is based on a smaller sample than the once-a-decade census.

If states use citizenship data provided by the federal government to redistrict, it would likely shift power toward Republicans. But it would also trigger a new wave of litigation, some advocates and redistricting specialists said.

Potential plaintiffs could claim that citizen-only redistricting violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and other laws barring discrimination against minority groups.

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