20.6 C
Friday, February 26, 2021

Inspector Probes Whether Trump Backers Are Rushing Census to Block Immigrants

The director of the U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday he’s asked political appointees to “stand down” in their efforts to push through a population count that excludes undocumented immigrants before President Donald Trump leaves office.

The statement from Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham comes after the Commerce Department’s inspector general launched a probe into whether census counters were short-cutting data quality standards to produce a report by Friday.

Trump ordered the Census Bureau in 2019 to produce a “complete and accurate data on the number of citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens in the country.” He followed that up last year with a directive to use those numbers to produce the constitutionally required count used to apportion congressional districts among the states.

Excluding undocumented immigrants from that count would likely give Republicans an advantage in congressional elections — and the Electoral College — for the next decade. But President-elect Joe Biden has signaled he opposes the move to exclude immigrants and would likely shelve the effort as soon as he’s inaugurated.

- Advertisement -

In a memo to Census Bureau officials Tuesday, Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson said she was investigating whistle-blower reports that two top political appointees at the agency, Nathaniel Cogley and Benjamin Overholt, were making the report a “top priority” and that career employees were “under significant pressure” to produce the report by Friday.

The inspector general also said Dillingham “inquired into a financial reward for speed on this directive.”

Dillingham said Wednesday there is “no deadline for the data.”

© Copyright 2021 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.


Latest news

California Collapsing | ZeroHedge

Authored by Martin Sieff via The Strategic Culture Foundation,California now fulfills Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s nightmare vision in his prophetic masterpiece “The Possessed” as to what...

A man left his baby in an illegally parked car and a Chicago worker towed them away. The dad was charged with child endangerment.

A man is facing charges after he left his 5-month-baby in an illegally parked car that was towed away by a city tow truck...

“It’s Bananas” – 72% Of US Homebuyers Say Pandemic Disrupted Plans

Americans have been fascinated by market trends during the pandemic era, as everything from bitcoin, to baseball cards, is seeing prices rise, and central...

Senate Parliamentarian Rules $15 Minimum Wage Cannot Be Included in COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the $15 per hour minimum wage cannot be included in the Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. The...

Related news

DHS Officials Warn of Migration Crisis: ‘Prepare for Border Surges Now’

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are warning of an illegal immigration crisis at the United States-Mexico border as President Joe Biden continues unraveling...

Texas Governor Considers Lifting Statewide COVID Restrictions

Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters he is considering lifting the statewide coronavirus mask mandate. The governor said he is also considering stopping other...

Biden’s HHS Nominee Does Not Rule Out Taxpayer-Funded Healthcare for Illegal Aliens

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, dodged a question on whether...

Gretchen Whitmer Administration Refuses to Answer Questions About Nursing Home Policy

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) administration refused to answer questions from legislators Thursday about her coronavirus nursing home policy. During a House Oversight Committee meeting,...

Democrat Impeachment Lead Jamie Raskin Violates Coronavirus Restrictions, Appears on House Floor without Mask

Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) did not wear a mask Thursday afternoon on the House of Representatives violating the House rules set by Speaker Nancy...

Stocks and Bonds Hammered in Sharp Selloff

Stocks took a beating on Thursday as investors sold off tech shares and Treasurys. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 560 points, a 1.75...

WATCH: Jim Jordan Schools Democrat on Religion and LGBTQ ‘Equality Act’

C-SPAN Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) noted Thursday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on...

Ukraine Court Orders Access Blocked to 400 Websites for Ties to Russia

A court in Kyiv ordered internet regulators to block over 400 websites in the country, many of them allegedly having ties to the Russian...