Then, on Monday, the Census Bureau announced that they would be cutting short the headcount by a month.
Beyond the impact on congressional reapportionment, Trump’s memo sends the signal that his administration will continue to attack undocumented immigrants and their families.
This fear has been well documented in surveys by the Census Bureau, the Urban Institute, and others.
The second last-minute surprise was a White House-influenced decision by the Census Bureau to cut back on their original plan to extend the census count’s follow-up period to October 31.
This move has been criticized by many experts, including four former Census Bureau directors who served under Republican and Democratic presidents.