#Census: Senate Democrats Fight Trump Administration on Addition of Citizenship Question
This month, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the addition of a citizenship question to the Census is constitutional. Senate Democrats adamantly oppose the Trump administration’s citizenship question, and will not stand for the racially and politically-motivated stonewalling of American voters.
Recently, hard drives containing documents from deceased Republican operative Thomas B. Hofeller were cited in a federal court filing by the advocacy group Common Cause. Hofeller, who was known as a mastermind of political gerrymandering, wrote a 2015 study that advocated for the addition of a citizenship question on the U.S. Census. The study concluded that adding a citizenship question to the Census would allow Republicans to gerrymander electoral maps to their political advantage. According to Hofeller, the gerrymandered maps “would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,” and would further disenfranchise Hispanics in traditionally Democratic districts. Language from Hofeller’s documents appears word for word in letters drafted by the Trump Administration to justify the inclusion of a citizenship question.
The Trump Administration stands behind the rationale that the addition of the citizenship question will help to enforce the Voting Rights Act.
Hofeller’s documents reveal the Trump Administration’s actual intent behind adding a citizenship question to the Census. In addition, the U.S. Census released a report that concluded that a citizenship question would lead to a lower response rate, particularly among immigrant and Latinx communities. This would lead to a massive under count of communities of color.