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#REDFLAG: After a setback in the Supreme Court, Trump asks his lawyers if he can DELAY THE CENSUS

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.
#RELATED: The Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration's proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census...for now.

It would've led to a severe undercount, which would've rigged elections and resources in favor of white Republicans.
#HUGEWIN: The Trump Administration will begin printing the 2020 Census WITHOUT the citizenship question.

After missing their deadline, some feared Trump may actually try to defy the Constitution and the law.

This is an incredible victory for democracy!

#PASTBLAST: I first began sounding the alarm about the 2020 Census and the Trump Administration/the GOP's efforts to rig it in DECEMBER 2017.

I'm so grateful to the @ACLU and the plaintiffs for this incredible victory for democracy! Can't say it enough!

@ACLU #BREAKING: Trump orders DOJ to REVERSE COURSE and "find a way" to still include the citizenship question on the #2020Census.

This comes a day after Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross and the DOJ confirmed that they were printing census forms WITHOUT the question.
@ACLU #FLAG: DOJ makes clear that while Trump has asked
them to find a way to add the citizenship question to the #2020Census...they're taking NO STEPS at this time and will update the court by Friday.

They admitted they learned of Trump's position by tweet.
#ICYMI: In tweets overnight and earlier this morning, Trump claimed he asked both Commerce Dept. and the DOJ to do "whatever is necessary" to include the citizenship question on the #2020Census.

The tweets prompted judges in both Maryland and the SDNY to seek immediate answers.
#REDFLAG: Remember, Roberts left a path for the citizenship question on the #2020Census.

He ruled against Trump...at this time...because of the dishonesty and absurdity of the administration's reasoning.

But they needed to come back with a better story.

#REDFLAG: The timeline for printing the census forms has always been the purported issue.

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.
#REDFLAG: SCOTUS ruled against federal courts intervening in partisan gerrymandering, leaving state legislatures free to rig elections.

Republicans are DESPERATE to undercount the #2020Census, so they can gerrymander maps EVEN MORE in their favor in 2021.
#BREAKING: The Trump Administration says it WILL CONTINUE to fight to include the Citizenship Question on the #2020Census.

DOJ is still looking for a "new rationale," but they do not say what it would be, nor how they'd be able to print new forms later.

#REDFLAG: DOJ says that *IF* Commerce adopts a "new rationale" for adding the Citizenship Question to the #2020Census, that it'd technically be a NEW final agency action.

So, DOJ says NEW lawsuits would required to challenge it, and they would not be part of the existing cases.
#WATCH: Trump ADMITS his true motives for the Citizenship Question on the #2020Census.


Districts are based on population, not citizenship.

But, an UNDERCOUNT would rig election maps for Republicans/non-hispanic white people for 10+ years.
#FLAG: The Maryland case wasn't part of the #2020Census case that went to SCOTUS.

This judge said he could still reconsider the equal protection/civil rights claims following NEW EVIDENCE that has surfaced.

Plaintiffs want discovery now, without waiting for the "new rationale."
#FLAG: The DOJ disagrees with the plaintiffs request to move forward w/ discovery now, following the recently-surfaced evidence that could raise equal protection/civil rights claims.

DOJ claims it'd be "premature" and "extremely inefficient" to do so before the "new rationale."
#NEW: The judge in the Maryland #2020Census case has ordered DISCOVERY to move forward without delay on the equal protection/civil rights claims.

The court will consider whether the Citizenship Question is intended to discriminate based on race following newly surfaced evidence.
#ICYMI: Trump is considering an EXECUTIVE ORDER to direct the Commerce Department to include the Citizenship Question on the #2020Census.

I believe he WILL do so if the "new rationale" doesn't pan out.

Every option would trigger new challenges in court.

#REDFLAG: There IS a chance an Executive Order adding the Citizenship Question could work.

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.

#ICYMI: On Sunday, every DOJ lawyer working to add the Citizenship Question on the #2020Census WITHDREW from the case w/o explanation.

Political appointees and career lawyers from the Consumer Protection Branch were to replace them...which is unheard of.

#ICYMI: On Monday, after overhauling DOJ's team on the #2020Census case, AG Barr expressed confidence in their new plan.

"Over the next day or two, you'll see what approach we're taking and I think it does provide a pathway for getting the [citizenship] question on the census."
#ICYMI: But the courts were NOT having it.

Judges in California, Maryland, and New York ALL told DOJ that their first attempts to withdraw the previous legal team from the #2020Census cases either failed to comply with court rules, or lacked information.

#BREAKING: Trump Administration ends legal fight to add the Citizenship Question to the #2020Census.

They've finally conceded that they wouldn't succeed with the time remaining and/or with a new rationale.

Yes, a win...BUT there's more you should know...
#REDFLAG: Trump signs an EXECUTIVE ORDER to collect citizenship data by other means.

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...?
#REDFLAG: Trump WANTS to include the Citizenship Data collected by all executive agencies, as a part of the data reported by the #2020Census.

Trump explicitly admits he plans to share citizenship information w/ states for them to consider while REDRAWING CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.
#REDFLAG: The Constitution EXPLICITLY states that Congressional Districts must be based on the number of PEOPLE, not the number of citizens.

However, Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr expresses his clearly unconstitutional view of redistricting, and his intent to fight for it.
#REDFLAG: There are several battles ahead...

1. A legal battle to ensure that Citizenship Data is NOT shared with law enforcement.

It's illegal to share data from the #2020Census w/ law enforcement. We must ensure this aggregated citizenship data is too.
#REDFLAG: There are several battles ahead...

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.

#REDFLAG: There are several battles ahead...

3. Finally, OUR battle. We must reassure/inform immigrant communities, including undocumented & non-citizens, and make sure they respond to the #2020Census.

An undercount is exactly what Trump/the GOP want...
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