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Four states have reportedly signed agreements with the Trump administration and will provide the U.S. Census Bureau with information from state driver’s license rolls in an effort to help the federal government accurately count who’s a citizen.
NPR reported that South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and South Carolina have all signed agreements with the federal government in recent months to provide varying amounts of information from state databases to the Trump administration.
The article goes on to state the following:
The shared data will not directly include citizenship information, NPR reported, but will include other identifying information such as names, dates of birth, height and eye color that federal authorities plan to cross-reference with other databases in order to determine the citizenship of individuals.
South Dakota’s agreement reads, “All data that the state program agency agrees to provide the Census Bureau remains confidential.”
The data can be used for “statistical purposes and not for program or administrative enforcement,” the agreement adds.
Other states, denied the government’s request, citing state law.
NPR reported that “the Department of Homeland Security quietly announced last year in a regulatory document that it had agreed, despite internal concerns, to share certain records — including some from Immigration and Customs Enforcement — for the administration’s efforts to determine the number of citizens, unauthorized immigrants and other noncitizens in the country.”
The Census Bureau has been using state and federal records to “produce anonymized citizenship data under directives from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, and an executive order Trump issued in July 2019,” NPR reports. “In addition to allowing states to redistrict using the number of citizens old enough to vote, Trump’s executive order noted that the citizenship data could assist the government in generating a ‘more reliable count of the unauthorized alien population in the country.'”
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