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Trump directive on state counts said to threaten rigor of census

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Science  07 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6504, pp. 611
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6504.611

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Last month, President Donald Trump told the Census Bureau to exclude undocumented residents from a tally used to decide how many seats each state gets in the 435-member U.S. House of Representative. Democrats in Congress and civil rights groups have decried Trump's directive, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution's requirement to count every resident in the 2020 census now underway, and several groups have sued to block the order. Republicans generally back the president's argument that only citizens should count in apportionment. In the meantime, the statistics community is warning it may be technically impossible for the agency to satisfy Trump's request, which would require using information already in government files.

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