The Supreme’s just heard arguments for and against the addition of ‘are you a citizen’ question on the upcoming 2020 US Census…
The effort in the count isn’t just to get a statistical guess at how many people are in America for Republicans….
As the demographics of America changes and more immigrants show up ion country despite Trump admin efforts?
Republicans KNOW that Democrats will gain more voters….
Republicans have asked the court to have the citizenship question included on the final census form…
The results of a undercount in area’s where the Feds, under Trump, or Republicans could cause political and economic damage to area’s of the country that may have those who are not citizens….
But do require local, state and federal assistance….
And of course the number of Republican congressional seats Republicans KNOW they would lose with a full count would be less….
……the ramifications of asking the citizenship question go well beyond counting who does and does not have papers, to the future contours of the nation’s political landscape. The Trump administration argued on Tuesday that it needs to know the number and locations of noncitizens to better enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Three federal judges who heard challenges to the citizenship question have said that explanation is not credible. Many critics contend that the true motive is to dissuade frightened noncitizens — both legal and illegal residents — from participating in the census, producing an undercount that would skew both federal money and political power away from urban areas and toward rural ones.
But many other experts and voting rights advocates see in the citizenship question a longer-range goal: Knowing the number and location of noncitizens would allow states to exclude them from the population totals that are used after every census to redraw the nation’s political maps.
Maps based only on the citizen population would reflect an electorate that is less diverse than the nation at large — and generally more favorable to the Republican Party.
Already, Republican officials in Texas say they are considering how they might redraw political maps should the Trump administration prevail in the census question litigation. And they are not alone: Republican legislators in Missouri and Nebraska unsuccessfully proposed removing noncitizens from the redistricting calculus last year, and officials in those states and Arizona reportedly have saidthey may try again.
Alabama has asked a federal district court to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population counts used to apportion the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the states. The state argues that it will lose one of its seven congressional districts and some federal funds after the 2020 census to a state like Texas with a large number of undocumented immigrants.
About 7,000 joined the armed forces in 2017, the last year for which figures are available. They are clustered in coastal states and big cities, but 5 percent of Nebraskans lack citizenship, as do 4 percent of Oklahomans. Some undocumented immigrants own their own homes; many pay taxes.
In Texas, Democrats who believe their party is on the cusp of challenging Republican dominance are incensed at plans to cut out noncitizens. “They will do everything in their power to cling to power, to their last breath,” Manny Garcia, the executive director of the state Democratic Party, said of his Republican rivals…..