CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This week, the U.S. Supreme Court pressed the brakes on the 2020 Census.
The Trump Administration argued that the census head count needed to end so there would be enough time to count the numbers. The original deadline would have been on October 31st, but now the deadline to fill out the U.S. census is ending nearly half a month earlier.
3News legal expert Matt Manning said the urgency in putting a halt to the census is simply a political move.
"With the original extended deadline, the data would've been provided to the president in April which means if we have a change in administration it could've been a different administration that is parsing and using this date. Under this lawsuit and under the supreme court's order, it will now be the Trump administration and politically that essentially means Mr. Trump and the republicans will be in control of this data," Manning said.
Local activist Terry Mills said cutting the census deadline could hurt not only Texas' federal funding but local federal funding as well.
"Why put money over here, over here, over here? If we were counted properly, we would spread evenly across the board," Mills said.
Manning said locally, hard-to-count communities might not be accounted for.
"Young children, nonwhite people so African Americans, native Americans, members of the Asian American community, members of the Latino community. Also, people who are renters, people who are below the poverty line, or people who have low income. This is potentially very wide swab of people that will not be counted by the numbers for the census with there being a shorter time to do so," Manning said.
Ultimately, if there is a smaller pot of money for a larger group of people, community resources could potentially lose money.
"Funding on both the local and state level: Medicaid, SNAP benefits, student loans, community loans, block grants, all kinds of things that come from the federal government," Manning said.
Since the head count for the census comes around every 10 years, decisions from the 2020 census will stay in place until the 2030 census.