President Trump has given up on his bid to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, ending a naked effort to further concentrate political power among Republicans at the expense of immigrants and their communities. The question — despite the administration’s half-hearted and thoroughly unconvincing attempt to dress it up as a defense of the Voting Rights Act — was aimed at dampening immigrant and Latino participation to give Republicans another tool to further Gerrymander districts in their favor. And so with the 2020 attempt abandoned and the next Census not until 2030, the survey appears to have emerged largely unscathed by what should be its lone brush with Trump.


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