“What you saw on the part of the administration with the citizenship question is disgraceful,” she said during a San Francisco news conference. “But this is about keeping ... you know his hat ― Make America White Again. They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted.”
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Commerce failed to provide sufficient reasoning for its decision to add the question to the 2020 census questionnaire, blocking the move as a result. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has insisted it’s about the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, a claim that has been derided by Democrats and civil rights advocates who believe it is meant to discourage immigrants and minorities from taking part in the decennial count.
The effect could reshape electoral representation within districts as well as shift the allocation of federal spending, potentially leaving communities of color with less political power and financial resources.
Stressing that point, Pelosi told reporters the Trump administration is targeting migrants.
“They denigrate newcomers to our country, they dishonor the Constitution, they degrade the environment ... they undermine the values of who we are as a country,” she said.
Barr did not detail the plan, but a senior official told the AP that Trump is expected to send the Commerce Department a memorandum ordering it to move forward with adding the citizenship question.