Monday, February 15, 2021
After a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Trump administration abandoned efforts to add a U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Hansi Lo Wang for NPR offers a detailed account of the long effort to add the citizenship question:
"From a failed bid for a citizenship question to a presidential memo about unauthorized immigrants that was fast-tracked to the Supreme Court, its moves over the past four years followed a playbook first drawn up more than four decades ago by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
In 1979, the hard-line group that became the most influential advocate for extreme restrictions on immigration launched a campaign that has held onto one consistent goal — obtaining an official count of unauthorized immigrants through the census to radically reshape Congress, the Electoral College and public policy."
This is a story worth reading. The Trump administration became expert at pursuing many immigration measures, such as challenges to "chain migration," birth-right citizenship, and curbing "asylum abuse," which had been floated years ago and had been out there in the restrictionist stratosphere.