The racist Trump administration suggested ways to avoid the confidentiality of the responses to census questions, creating concerns those answers will be shared with law enforcement. This would be means of oppressing minorities, via deporting undocumented immigrants, who make significant contributions to American society.
Documents filed Friday in California’s legal challenge against the Trump administration’s devious attempt to add a question about citizenship to the census show that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has considered getting around the vital confidentiality of the survey, The Washington Post reported.
The documents that were released show that the evil plan was discussed after Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) talked about whether the census answers will ever be shared with American law enforcement agencies.
Gomez was specifically interested in whether the DOJ agreed with the 2010 memo which said the Patriot Act can’t override the census’ confidentiality, which is currently an important right for everyone living in America.
The Post reported that the DOJ attorney Ben Aguinaga suggested via a June 12 email to the Assistant Attorney General John Gore that Gore not say “too much” about the confidentiality of the census.
The documents released show that Aguinaga’s reasoning was just in case the topic “come up later for renewed debate,” and that leaves open discussing the oppressive measure.
The Census Act says that data from America’s decennial census survey can’t be shared at all by the Commerce Department, which is the agency that runs the survey.
The report comes while the racist Trump administration is attempting to add the citizenship question for the 2020 census.
Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, announced back in March that the Trump administration will be adding the question.
The plan has since led to several legal challenges. The U.S. Supreme Court said earlier in the month that it will hear arguments in the dispute over a ruling from the lower court that said Ross can be held accountable and questioned under oath regarding his decision to add the oppressive question.