Census Will Not Meet The Deadline To Deliver Figures

The US Census Bureau plans to announce that it will not meet the year-end deadline to release the figures used to distribute congressional seats. The delay could undermine President Donald Trump’s plans to exclude people living in the country illegally from the count if data is not released before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

It will be the first time that the December 31 date has not been met since Congress set the deadline more than four decades ago.

Internal documents obtained a few weeks ago by a House committee show that the Census Bureau does not expect figures for the delineation of legislative districts to be ready until days after Biden takes office on January 20.

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Once he takes office, Biden could rescind Trump’s presidential memo in which he instructed the Census Bureau to exclude people living in the country illegally from the numbers used to distribute congressional seats among states. An influential aide to the Republican Party had advocated excluding them from the redistribution process to benefit Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.

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