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While the Trump administration backed off its plans to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census, officials are still looking for ways to get a count of non-citizens.

Trump’s fight to count citizens and non-citizens: 5 questions answered

The ConversationLadewig is an associate professor of political science at the University of Connecticut.

The United States is still months away from the start of the 2020 census — but the decennial count of the country's population is already controversial.

After the Supreme Court's decision at the end of June, President Trump conceded that the administration would no longer pursue a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Instead, Trump announced that he signed an executive order instructing the executive branch to share all citizenship data with the Census Bureau. He suggested that the augmented data could be used in the apportionment and redistricting processes.

I have studied and taught how the U.S. apportions seats in Congress and redraws congressional districts for two decades. These topics have been of paramount importance to democratic representation since, at least, the founding of the United States. And both are critical for the future legitimacy of the American government after the 2020 census.

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