Trump Administration Added Citizenship Question on Census to Benefit Whites, According to New Memo

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A now deceased GOP redistricting strategist was behind the Trump Administration's decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a motion filed by the ACLU Thursday. The filing, based on documents obtained from the hard drive of Thomas Hofeller, argues that federal officials illegally added the citizenship question to create a structural electoral advantage for "Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites." The Supreme Court is set to rule on the legality of the citizenship question next month. We'll talk about the potential impact of the newly released evidence on the case.

Guests:

Hansi Lo Wang, national correspondent covering the 2020 census, NPR

Richard L. Hasen, professor of law and political science, UC Irvine School of Law; author of "The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown"

Dale Ho, director, ACLU's voting rights project

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