House Democrats file bill nixing citizenship data-gathering

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — House Democrats are introducing a bill that would stop the Trump administration from gathering citizenship data through administrative records.

The bill introduced Monday would nullify an order President Donald Trump issued last July directing the U.S. Census Bureau to gather citizenship information from the administrative records of other federal and state agencies.

Trump issued the order after the U.S. Supreme Court barred a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census questionnaire on the grounds that the government's justification was insufficient.

Democrats call the order discriminatory since it could give states the option of creating legislative districts that exclude non-citizens.

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