Jul 03 2019

Sense and Census Victory?

With a regime as lawless as this one it’s hard to tell. The latest (as of writing) is that Unindicted Co-conspirator Bottomless Pinocchio’s Administration has effectively conceded the Citizenship Question after the unfavorable ruling by the Supremes by ordering the printing of a Question Free Questionnaire after earlier talk of seeking a delay to allow for a new filing that doesn’t lie as much.

Unindicted Co-conspirator Bottomless Pinocchio insists he is not defeated and Court action will proceed but unless there is a delay, a tough thing to get as the Census and its deadlines are not just Constitutionally mandated, the language is right in the Constitution itself, there will simply not be enough time to make any modifications. He has that ‘Bottomless Pinocchio’ for a reason, most speculation is that he’s ignorant and deluded (all the time and in every way) and/or simply lying to convince his base that he’s just as Bigoted and Racist as they are and will fight to the bitter end to make sure they can be as Bigoted and Racist as they want (which is ‘very’).

2020 Census Won’t Have Citizenship Question as Trump Administration Drops Effort
By Michael Wines, The New York Times
July 2, 2019

The Trump administration, in a dramatic about-face, abandoned its quest on Tuesday to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a week after being blocked by the Supreme Court.

Faced with mounting deadlines and a protracted legal fight, officials ordered the Census Bureau to start printing forms for next year’s head count without the question.

The decision was a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans. It was also a remarkable retreat for an administration that typically digs into such fights.

Just last week after the Supreme Court’s decision, President Trump said he was asking his lawyers to delay the census, “no matter how long,” in order to fight for the question in court. He reiterated his unwillingness to give up in a Twitter message posted late Tuesday, saying he had asked administration officials “to do whatever is necessary” to get a citizenship question on the census form.

Word of the administration’s decision to stop fighting came in a one-sentence email from the Justice Department to lawyers for plaintiffs in a New York lawsuit that sought to block the question’s inclusion in the head count.

The email offered no explanation, but the administration was confronting weeks or months of additional legal challenges to the question. Meanwhile, the Census Bureau had said it needed to begin printing questionnaires by July 1 to meet the April 2020 deadline for conducting the census.

The administration’s decision appeared to end a yearlong battle over the country’s all-important decennial head count. Census results are used to divvy up seats in the House of Representatives and to draw political maps at all levels of government. They are also used to allot federal funding for key social services.

On Tuesday, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which represents plaintiffs in that suit, indicated that it was unwilling to end the lawsuit without further assurances from the administration that the issue of the citizenship question had in fact been fully resolved.

Thomas A. Saenz, the organization’s president and general counsel, said his group wanted to make sure there was not any misinformation spread about there still being a citizenship question.

“No matter what happens, there’s still a lingering hardship from how long the administration had this hanging out there, and the publicity it got,” he said.

Opposition to the citizenship question was rooted among local governments and advocacy groups representing ethnic minorities, all of whom feared that the question’s mere presence on the census would deter noncitizens and even legal immigrants from filling out the form for fear of government retaliation.

The groups’ victory on Tuesday may have eased that threat, but hardly eliminated it. The public controversy over the issue has already stirred fears of retribution among many immigrants, who say they will avoid filling out the census form even if the question is not asked.

“Now is the time to shift gears and begin robust education and outreach campaigns to ensure each person in this country is counted,” said Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, which was also among the plaintiffs suing to block the question. “Everyone counts, therefore everyone must be counted.”