Trump’s attempt to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census failed earlier this year thanks to Democrats’ sandbagging. The president was told to determine individuals’ citizenship status through other means. So, his administration is working harder than they should have to, to figure out who is here legally and who is breaking the law.
Sadly, the administration’s job has become even more difficult with most states refusing to cooperate.
The US Census Bureau is attempting to collect five years’ worth of driver’s license records from every state. So far, 13 states have refused to release records and another 17 are still deciding what to do. According to an Associated Press survey, 17 other states haven’t received a request yet and 3 haven’t responded.
Most state motor vehicle agencies have not agreed to share driver's license records with the U.S. Census Bureau as part of President Trump's order to gather citizenship information, according to an AP survey. https://t.co/cjgr6TVJqj
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 23, 2019
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is “encouraging” states to refuse to cooperate with federal authorities. According to Dale Ho, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, “This endeavor appears to be part of a scheme motivated by an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose to dilute the political power of communities of color.”
Dale is wrong, of course. The gathering of citizenship data isn’t about disenfranchising voters. It’s about ensuring that our democracy is protected from illegal immigrants potentially voting in elections and making sure all citizens are fairly represented.
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