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Commentary: Census has no tradition of counting citizens

Later this month, the Supreme Court will take up Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' controversial decision to collect the citizenship status of everyone in the country in the 2020 census. In court filings, the Trump administration has defended the citizenship question as normal and inoffensive, part of an "unbroken tradition" whose "pedigree dates back nearly 200 years."

But look closer, as we did, and history tells a different story. Over the last year, we pored over archival material including 19th century

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