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Citizenship data is latest rollback of Trump census efforts

2020 Census
Posted at 9:37 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 21:40:30-05

The U.S. Census Bureau is suspending efforts to create neighborhood-level statistics on the citizenship and age of residents, using 2020 census data.

Friday's announcement is the latest rollback of Trump administration census-related initiatives that critics feared would be used to favor Republicans and whites during the drawing of state and local districts.

Among his first acts as president, Biden on Wednesday revoked two Trump directives related to the 2020 census.

The first attempted to discern the citizenship status of every U.S. resident through administrative records, and the second sought to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the numbers used for apportioning congressional seats among the states.