The census is constitutionally-mandated to begin in April 2020, under Article I, Section 2.
Trump is asking if he can IGNORE the Constitution b/c he doesn't like a SCOTUS decision.
It would've led to a severe undercount, which would've rigged elections and resources in favor of white Republicans.
If they figure out how to still make the April start, including an emergency SCOTUS appeal...
Roberts could join the 4 CONSERVATIVES who *already* sided with Trump.
DOJ claims it'd be "premature" and "extremely inefficient" to do so before the "new rationale."
While the Census is in Article I in the Constitution...Congress delegated part of that authority to the Commerce Secretary.
So, an EO might hold up before SCOTUS.
While the Census Bureau already does something similar, Trump LIFTED barriers between agencies, including DHS, Social Security Administration, etc.
So what does he want to do with the data...?
However, Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr expresses his clearly unconstitutional view of redistricting, and his intent to fight for it.
2. A legal battle to ensure that Citizenship Data is NOT considered in drawing congressional districts.
Districts are based on people. Let's block this data from helping GOP states choose where to draw lines.