The depths of fuckery that this Administration will sink to apparently knows no bounds…
“In internal communication filed as part of discovery for a California case over the citizenship census question, Trump administration officials suggested the possibility of “renewed debate” over protections that keep census answers confidential and sharing them with law enforcement and national security agencies.”
For those of you not playing at home, this is the latest update in an ongoing legal battle over the Trump Administration trying to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There hasn’t been a citizenship question on the official census since the 1950s. This is because asking people if they’re legal citizens depresses responses to the census, which is entirely counterproductive if you want to know how many people live in the US, and is entirely productive if you want to lessen the political power and money that large urban areas receive.
More background history:
In order to alter the census, the Department of Commerce, which runs the census, requires legal justification to add or remove anything. Secretary Wilbur Ross, the head of the Commerce Department, and generally a Grade-A Fucker, has testified on numerous occasions that the Department of Justice contacted Commerce, requesting that the citizenship question be added to the 2020 census so the Trump Administration would have better data to enforce the Voting Rights Act. Tangentially, the idea that this administration would do anything to enforce the VRA is laughable.
Well, after a bunch of states and organizations like the NAACP And the ACLU filed a lawsuit to try and prevent this question from being added, it turns out that there are documents and emails showing that Wilbur Ross months before the DOJ requested the citizenship question be added, and almost from DAY ONE, had been sending internal emails trying to get the citizenship question added. He contacted the DOJ numerous times, trying to get them to request the question, and was turned down. Eventually, he contacted the head of the DOJ, Jeff Sessions, directly, and lo-and-behold, DOJ requests the question be added to the 2020 Census.
All this information has come out in public, and the Administration’s reasoning and chain of events for the citizenship question has been shown to be a complete lie, no surprise. This latest news though shows what the Trump Administration’s true motives are: Depress the people who take the census, and for those who do, use that info to send to ICE to deport people.
To put it simply, this is just evil.