Dems Attack Trump For 'Interfering With The Census'

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 17 January 2022 16:45
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The Trump Administration has been accused of 'unprecedented' meddling in the 2020 census collection in an alleged effort to attempt and stop undocumented migrants from being counted so congressional districts wouldn't be reapportioned in their favor.

A newly released memo written by Census Bureau Deputy Director Ron Jarmin in September 2020, alleges former President Donald Trump and his officials were developing a method to identify unauthorized residents' which they would then use to match immigrants who'd been included in the census count.

This would result in immigrants being removed from the final count, giving the states where they live fewer congressional seats and less sway over the election.

It appears Trump banked on many of those immigrants settling in Democrat-led states, meaning that leaving them out of the count could potentially grant his rival party less sway in congress.

The President has also made regular claims about voter fraud, alleging that illegal immigrants who vote fraudulently are far more likely to opt for the Democrat party.

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By limiting the number of Democrat candidates these fraudulent voters would have the option to file ballots for, his alleged attempts to influence the census could limit the impact of this illegal voting.

"While the presidential memorandum may be a statement of the administration's policy, the Census Bureau views the development of the methodology and processes as its responsibility as an independent statistical agency," the memo stated.

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Jarmin believed Trump's Administration would, in turn, use the data to reapportion the House of Representatives to benefit the Republican party before he left office.

The US Census, which is conducted once every decade, determines the distribution of House seats issued across states and, consequently, votes in the Electoral College.

Some officials have been accused of using the Census data when redrawing district lines to rig elections, a process known as gerrymandering.

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While the Constitution requires the census to reflect the "whole number of persons in each state," Jarmin alleged Trump was aiming to exclude non-citizens from the count to make the voting districts more reflective of his target supporters.

He asserts Trump adamantly ordered the Census Bureau, in a July 2020 presidential memorandum, to tally the number of unauthorized immigrants in each state and subtract them from the House reapportionment population estimates.

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In Jarmin's memo, which seemed to be a list of talking points to address with then-Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the census official complained about the Administration's alleged attempt to breach the privacy of census respondents.

He went on to declare that the Commerce Department was "demonstrating an unusually high degree of engagement in technical matters," such as the calculation of population totals, "which is unprecedented relative to the previous censuses."

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