[Ed. – An interesting development. The administration has always linked the citizenship question to enforcing the Voting Rights Act. Trump doesn’t make any of these moves from sheer whimsy; it’s a valid question what this is about. Whatever it is, the specific 2020 Census results wouldn’t be tabulated soon enough to affect policy or enforcement in the 2020 election itself.]
The Trump administration said Tuesday it was dropping a citizenship question from the 2020 census, days after the Supreme Court ruled against the question’s inclusion.
President Trump had initially said that he wanted to delay the decennial census as his administration continued to push for the question to be included in the 2020 survey.
But that effort appears to be over, after a Justice Department lawyer said the decision was made to start printing census materials without the question included.
“We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process,” DOJ attorney Kate Bailey wrote in an email sent to groups challenging the question…