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Booker seeks to block Trump from using citizenship data for redistricting

Senator’s legislation seeks to safeguard redistricting from partisan interference

By David Wildstein, July 10 2019 9:37 am

In an attempt to stop President Donald Trump from using citizenship data for congressional redistricting, U.S. Senator Cory Booker will introduce legislation today to prohibit the U.S. Census Bureau from including that information in statistics it supplies to states for congressional and legislative redistricting.

“The Trump Administration has made every effort to alter the Census process and use it as a surgical tool to undercount and hurt certain communities for political gain,” Booker said. “This administration has changed its story on the citizen question at least ten times in the last four months and made it clear that there is no end to the lengths it will go to erode our institutions. The President has now admitted that he intends to make citizenship information a part of the redistricting process, which experts warn will benefit one political party. This egregious and blatant attempt to tamper with our democratic process would completely overhaul the rules of who gets to participate in a representative democracy in America and it can’t go unchecked.”

Booker wants his legislation to safeguard redistricting from partisan interference.

“To be clear, redistricting based on citizenship data will push communities of color — which are already dramatically undercounted — farther into the shadows,” Booker said.

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