On February 5, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. Journalist Eric Lach writes that, over the last two years, the president has learned to dress up anti-immigrant rhetoric in the bureaucratic language of federal policy. However, during his remarks, the president “offered unfiltered immigrant scapegoating” blaming immigrants for almost “all the sins” of the United States. The president claimed that “working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration” including the problems of “reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools and hospitals, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.”
A federal judge in New York has blocked the Commerce Department from asking respondents of the 2020 Census if they are U.S. citizens. In addition to providing vital information regarding population size and income, census data is utilized in the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and disbursement of federal funds. Including a question of this nature may induce fear and discourage participation of noncitizens which could lead to the exclusion of millions of U.S. residents from the process.