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From ‘colorblind’ to ‘colorful’: Republicans dodge Census citizenship question

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On Oct. 9, one week before the election, Vice President Mike Pence, as part of his Hispanic strategy, laid out an argument for maintaining the Republican majority in the Senate: Latinos would be voting Republican as a last resort because they “trust us to address their issues.”

That’s something he didn’t say about the fact that while Mr. Pence touted the president’s nationalist agenda, for many that agenda is unconstitutional and discriminatory.

On the morning after the State of the Union Address, when Mr. Trump delivered some of his most explicit anti-immigrant policies, the Census Bureau announced that it planned to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census. And though Washington law requires that the question be answered, Mr. Trump signed an executive order on Sept. 25 rescinding the citizenship question.

Republicans are running from these actions. “We’ve been working hard to strengthen the census,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, wrote in The Hill. “Citizenship question, however, is unnecessary in the 2020 census, and I urge the Commerce Department to rescind its decision.”

Read more at The New York Times

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