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Census Bureau Orders Halt to Efforts to Comply With Trump Citizenship Mandate

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Census Bureau Orders Halt to Efforts to Comply With Trump Citizenship Mandate

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Census Bureau workers were ordered this week to stop complying with President Donald Trump’s order to collect data on the immigration status of people living in the United States, the bureau’s director said Wednesday. Steven Dillingham, the director, said in a memo that he informed officials at the agency “that those involved should ‘stand down’ and discontinue their data reviews.” Dillingham, a Trump nominee, was writing to Peggy Gustafson, the inspector general for the Department of Commerce. She told Dillingham on Tuesday that several whistleblowers at the Census Bureau informed her of a directive that the production of a report that includes data on legal and illegal immigrants was the “number one priority” for the director. The whistleblowers said Dillingham set a Jan. 15 deadline for the report. The report relates to Trump’s 2019 executive order directing all executive agencies to share data concerning immigration with the Department of Commerce. …

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