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For 200+ years, the U.S. has divided up seats in Congress among the states based on population counts that include both citizens & noncitizens, regardless of immigration status.

I wrote about how the Trump admin is signaling it may want to change that👇…
2. Since the first US census in 1790, the Constitution has called for a head count every 10 years of "persons" living in the US to determine number of congressional seats each state gets. The 14th Amendment was ratified to require the counting of the "whole number of persons."👇
3. State of Alabama & @RepMoBrooks are suing @uscensusbureau to stop bureau's longstanding policy of including unauthorized immigrants among "whole number of persons" for apportionment. Alabama @AGSteveMarshall argues unauthorized immigrants are not "persons" under Constitution👇
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SCOOP: @uscensusbureau is removing a #CitizenshipQuestion it was planning to include on #2020Census for American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands & US Virgin Islands -- U.S. territories that use a different form than one used in states & Puerto Rico👇…
@uscensusbureau 2. After this story was published, the Census Bureau revealed that it is removing the #CitizenshipQuestion it was originally planning to include on next year's island-area census forms (I've deleted earlier tweet that said those forms include the Q)👇…
@uscensusbureau 3. Asked why change was made, @uscensusbureau said: "No citizenship question is to be included on the 2020 Census, this includes the Island Area censuses too." More from bureau on no #CitizenshipQuestion for American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands & US Virgin Islands👇
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THREAD: You won't see a #CitizenshipQuestion on the #2020Census, but there are *other* @uscensusbureau forms that ask whether a person is a U.S. citizen. That’s caused a lot of confusion. Let me walk you through some of those other citizenship questions👇…
2. These surveys predate Trump admin’s failed attempt to add a #CitizenshipQuestion to the U.S. census, which, by the way, has never *directly* asked for the U.S. citizenship status of every person living in every household in the country👇…
3. Unlike the census, these @uscensusbureau surveys collect responses to a citizenship question from a *sample* of households & don’t impact how congressional seats & Electoral College votes are divided up among the states.
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JUST IN: John Gore -- the main @TheJusticeDept official behind Trump admin's failed #CitizenshipQuestion push -- is set to leave DOJ Friday, a person familiar with the matter tells @NPR. Gore is facing allegations of providing false testimony & concealing evidence about the Q.
@TheJusticeDept @NPR 2. Gore has been serving as the principal deputy assistant attorney general of @TheJusticeDept's Civil Rights Division.

A person familiar with the matter says Gore plans to spend time with his family while he’s “discerning next steps.”

@TheJusticeDept @NPR 3. Here's my updated write-up on John Gore, the soon-to-be-former @TheJusticeDept official who ghostwrote the Trump admin's official request for the now-blocked #CitizenshipQuestion👇…
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THREAD: New details about #CitizenshipQuestion saga were released in court filings that Trump admin submitted 4.5 hours past Aug. 2 deadline for responding allegations of a cover-up. @TheJusticeDept is asking US District Judge Jesse Furman of NY to retroactively extend deadline👇
2. Here's what the Trump admin filed at 4:30 a.m. ET on Aug. 3:

- @TheJusticeDept's opposition to sanctions motion by #CitizenshipQuestion lawsuit plaintiffs in NY repped by @ACLU, @NYCLU, @arnoldporter👇…

- Exhibits👇…
3. NEW: #2020Census printing contractor @rrdonnelley is producing paper forms without a #CitizenshipQuestion at "planned production rate," according to @uscensusbureau's Albert Fontenot. As of July 12, around 11.6 million paper forms had been printed👇…
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UPDATE: Plaintiffs in #CitizenshipQuestion case in Maryland led by @MALDEF @AAAJ_AAJC ask to remove part of earlier ruling that found Trump admin's failed push for Q was not intentionally discriminatory.

4th Circuit filing👇…

From MALDEF's Thomas Saenz👇
2. NEW: @TheJusticeDept attorneys missed July 29 deadline to respond to @MALDEF & @AAAJ_AAJC request to remove part of court ruling in Maryland that found Trump admin's failed #CitizenshipQuestion push was not intentionally discriminatory.

From 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals👇
@TheJusticeDept @MALDEF @AAAJ_AAJC 3. UPDATE: After missing July 29 deadline, @TheJusticeDept attorneys file response to say Trump admin "takes no position" on @MALDEF & @AAAJ_AAJC request to remove part of court ruling in Maryland that found failed #CitizenshipQuestion push was not intentionally discriminatory👇
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CENSUS 🤓 ALERT: There’s *another* hearing on Capitol Hill worth watching today. @uscensusbureau Director Steven Dillingham & @USGAO are set to testify at 1 p.m. ET before House @OversightDems @GOPoversight subcommittee. Stand by for live tweets👇…
@uscensusbureau @USGAO @OversightDems @GOPoversight 2. Live stream of 1 p.m. ET House @OversightDems subcommittee hearing led by @RepRaskin on #2020Census preparations👇

@uscensusbureau @USGAO @OversightDems @GOPoversight @RepRaskin 3. Here is @uscensusbureau Director Steven Dillingham's prepared statement for today's House @OversightDems @GOPoversight subcommittee hearing on the #2020Census👇…
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UPDATE: Trump admin & groups that challenged #CitizenshipQuestion are asking to extend deadlines for court filings related groups' request for a federal judge to punish Trump admin for officials allegedly providing false/misleading statements & obscuring evidence about the Q👇
2. To catch you up on where the #CitizenshipQuestion legal battle currently stands (and no, the #2020Census forms will not ask, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?")👇…
3. JUST IN: U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of NY has approved extending deadlines for court filings related to #CitizenshipQuestion lawsuit sanctions request -- but not as long as plaintiffs and Trump admin had requested👇
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“They sent me back to Queens, and I’m happy to be here,” Rep. @AOC (D-N.Y.) tells crowd at town hall in New York City on immigration and #2020Census.

“Welcome home!” an attendee yells out over cheers.
2. “The census was a huge win that we had,” @RepAOC says at a town hall in Queens, NY, calling Trump administration’s failed push for a #CitizenshipQuestion an effort to “intimidate documented and undocumented immigrants alike.”
3. “The hard part is actually getting counted properly,” says @DesisRisingUp’s Roksana Mun of the #2020Census challenge ahead for immigrant groups and communities of color after the Trump administration’s failed push for a #CitizenshipQuestion.
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NEW: Peer-reviewed journal publishes @uscensusbureau research finding #CitizenshipQuestion, which courts have permanently blocked Trump admin from adding to #2020Census, likely to lower response rate 8 % pts more for noncitizen than citizen households👇…
2. Earlier thread breaking down latest @uscensusbureau research on impact of the now-blocked-from-#2020Census #CitizenshipQuestion from June, when an earlier draft of the paper was released on @repec_org IDEAS site👇

3. *By “noncitizen household,” I’m referring to, as the @uscensusbureau researchers put it, “housing units potentially having at least one noncitizen.” (Ran out of characters in earlier tweet) H/T @blfraga
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JUST IN: House votes 230-198 to hold AG William Barr & Commerce @SecretaryRoss in contempt for refusing to release full copies of these emails abt Trump admin's failed #CitizenshipQuestion push (watching to see if @RepCummings now asks for court order)👇…
@SecretaryRoss @RepCummings 2. NEW: White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham calls House voting to hold AG & commerce secretary in contempt "ridiculous" & criticizes House Democrats continuing to "demand documents that are subject to executive privilege"👇
@SecretaryRoss @RepCummings 3. Commerce @SecretaryRoss calls the House holding him in contempt of Congress a "PR stunt" by House Democrats that "further demonstrates their unending quest to generate headlines instead of operating in good faith with our Department"👇
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THREAD: While we wait for House vote on whether to hold the AG & commerce secretary in contempt, here are the #CitizenshipQuestion emails Trump admin's refusing to release full copies of to ensure "free-flow of advice & decision making" & avoid "compromising" ongoing litigation👇
2. Email sent to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by Commerce Department official Earl Comstock on May 2, 2017…
3. Email sent to Ross' then-chief of staff, Wendy Teramoto, by Ross on May 2, 2017…
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Cuomo: "What would you do if the President said, 'I am a racist'"
Kobach: "Then I would not defend him."
Cuomo: "Would you still support him as President?"
Kobach: "I don't know."
Cuomo: "You have to think about whether or not you would support a racist?"
#KrisKobach has a long history of racism. He started out as a lawyer for a white supremacist group called FAIR, which says its purpose is to maintain a European majority America.…
#KrisKobach's the author of SB 1070, which the ACLU calls the Driving While Brown law. And he's very proud of the fact he came up with the idea for Trump's wall — and that Mexico would pay for it.…
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BREAKING: Groups that challenged #CitizenshipQuestion formally ask a federal judge in NY to impose penalties against Trump admin officials for allegedly engaging in "litigation conduct that is nothing less than a fraud." From @ACLU @NYCLU @arnoldporter👇…
@ACLU @NYCLU @arnoldporter 2. Plaintiffs repped by @ACLU, @NYCLU, @arnoldporter allege that Trump admin officials "concealed facts about the case’s central issues through a concerted campaign of delay and obfuscation" and "use of false or misleading testimony" for #CitizenshipQuestion lawsuits.
@ACLU @NYCLU @arnoldporter 3. UPDATE: @TheJusticeDept declines to comment on the new sanctions motion against the Trump administration from #CitizenshipQuestion lawsuit plaintiffs in NY, DOJ spokesperson Kelly Laco tells me.
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JUST IN: Both Trump admin & plaintiffs in #CitizenshipQuestion
lawsuits in NY have agreed to proposed court order that would permanently block:

- including question on #2020Census
- delaying printing to add question
- asking people about citizenship status for 2020 census👇
2. It's not over until it's over: @TheJusticeDept & @NewYorkStateAG @ACLU @NYCLU @arnoldporter agree US District Judge Jesse Furman "will retain jurisdiction ... to enforce the terms ... until the #2020Census results are processed & sent to the President by December 31, 2020."
3. UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of NY has signed order permanently blocking:

- including #CitizenshipQuestion on #2020Census
- delaying printing to add question
- asking people about citizenship status for 2020 census

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CENSUS 🤓 ALERT: @uscensusbureau Director Steven Dillingham & @USGAO are set to testify on #2020Census prep during 2:30 p.m. ET hearing by Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. Stand by for live tweets👇…
@uscensusbureau @USGAO 2. Live stream of @uscensusbureau director & @USGAO testifying on #2020Census preparations👇…
@uscensusbureau @USGAO 3. "Regarding the president's executive order, we are carefully reviewing it," @uscensusbureau Director Steven Dillingham tells Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, adding bureau's begun planning interagency working group👇

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NEW: Commerce @SecretaryRoss has directed @uscensusbureau "to produce Citizenship Voting Age Population (CVAP) information prior to April 1, 2021 that states may use in redistricting," according to document uploaded July 3 to👇…
2. Using citizenship information for redistricting was highlighted in both President Trump's July 11 executive order and GOP strategist Thomas Hofeller's unpublished study that concluded it would be "advantageous to Republicans & Non-Hispanic Whites"👇
3. The doc also says @CommerceGov determined there's "not sufficient time to develop an alternative record to support" #CitizenshipQuestion. says it was uploaded July 3, more than week before President Trump said he's abandoning Q👇…
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THREAD: Before boarding Marine One, President Trump emphasized why he thinks relying on gov't records is "actually better" than collecting #CitizenshipQuestion responses -- more than a year after Trump admin officials at DOJ refused to hear from Census Bureau about those records.
2. Trump: "We have information that's probably more accurate than the information we could get by going in and asking somebody, 'Are you a citizen?' A lot of people aren't going to tell the truth."

In January 2018, Census Bureau warned Trump officials👇…
3. Trump: "Not only didn't I back down, I backed up ... Anybody else would have given this up a long time ago."

In December 2017, Census Bureau's then-acting head started recommending to Trump admin to go w gov't records instead of #CitizenshipQuestion👇…
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JUST IN: Trump admin has filed letters to federal judges for #CitizenshipQuestion lawsuits in NY & Maryland, noting President Trump's new executive order & AG William Barr's remarks earlier today confirm that "as a practical matter" the question cannot be added to #2020Census👇
2. "In light of these conclusions, Defendants plan to confer with Plaintiffs’ counsel to discuss appropriate next steps in these proceedings," @TheJusticeDept attorneys write to U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of New York and Judge George Hazel of Maryland.
@TheJusticeDept 3. UPDATE: Trump admin has filed a similar letter to U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the #CitizenshipQuestion lawsuits in California, confirming that President Trump and AG William Barr say that "as a practical matter" the question cannot be added to #2020Census👇
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JUST IN: The White House has released President Trump's executive order on collecting information about citizenship status in connection with the decennial census (not on White House website yet, but emailed to reporters)👇…
2. Trump: "the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce have informed me that the logistics and timing for carrying out the census, combined with delays from continuing litigation, leave no practical mechanism for including the question on the 2020 decennial census."
3. Trump says that the sharing of government records on citizenship between the Census Bureau and other federal agencies "remains in negotiations to secure access" and that his executive order would "eliminate delays and uncertainty."
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1) My background is math, and I used to build predictive statistical models. I want to throw up a ⚠️red flag⚠️about what the administration just proposed for a work-around of the #citizenshipquestion for #Census2020

First, this is what D.trUMP said today at the White House...
2) In a nutshell, they want to gather vast amounts of federal data so that they can determine (or in some cases, guess) whether someone is a US citizen or not

This federal data, once merged w/ the census data, would be a very powerful tool that could be weaponized, like in 2016
3) They're asking for data from "every department and agency in the federal government"

This includes:
Dept of Education

The big questions are;
What data is "legally accessible"?
Will the federal agencies cooperate?
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BREAKING: President Trump has backed down on push for #CitizenshipQuestion on #2020Census & says he's issuing an executive order to do something that Commerce @SecretaryRoss has already directed @uscensusbureau to do -- compile existing gov't records on citizenship from agencies.
@SecretaryRoss @uscensusbureau 2. Back in June 2018, I reported on the @uscensusbureau trying to get access to naturalization data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, visa and passport data from the State Department, and records from the Social Security Administration👇

@SecretaryRoss @uscensusbureau 3. NEW: @TheJusticeDept spokesperson Kerri Kupec says the DOJ "will promptly inform the courts that the Government will not include a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census.”
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THREAD: Ahead of 5 p.m. ET announcement at the White House, President Trump talked about the #CitizenshipQuestion at his "Social Media Summit" after introducing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau and approved adding the question to the #2020Census👇
2. Trump: "Sir, you can't ask that question. Why? Cause the courts said you can't."

Three judges found adding #CitizenshipQuestion unlawful in part bc, judge in Maryland wrote, "lack of any genuine need...the woefully deficient process that led to it"👇…
3. Trump: "We spend -- this is another thing that's so crazy -- $20 billion on a census."

The current estimated cost for the #2020Census is $15.6 billion. More from @USGAO👇…
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NEW: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) tweets the House to vote on July 16 on whether to hold AG William Barr & Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for not producing full copies of #CitizenshipQuestion docs requested for @OversightDems investigation👇
@OversightDems 2. ICYMI, this scheduled contempt vote is about these #CitizenshipQuestion documents that President Trump has claimed executive privilege over👇

@OversightDems 3. @RepCummings, chair of @OversightDems, says, "We should not be forced to take these extreme actions to get the documents & information we need to conduct a thorough investigation. I urge Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross to change course & produce the documents..."
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