January 18th local time, Steven Dillingham resigned as the director of the United States Census Bureau, ending his term one year earlier.
Last week, the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce, who oversees the Census Bureau, revealed that the authorities have launched an investigation into Dillingham’s management, and a report released by the Office of the Inspector General on the 13th said that Dillingham set Deadline, requiring statisticians to prepare a report on the number of illegal immigrants in the United States.
Democrats and civil rights organizations in Congress have demanded that Dillingham resign as they use his authority to “politicize” the census.
Dillingham took over the Census Bureau in January 2019 after being nominated by incumbent President Trump, and his term was originally scheduled to end in December 2021 under federal law.
Dillingham informed the White House that he would leave the White House on January 20, when Biden’s new administration will also take over the federal government.
The Trump administration has been trying for several years to use the Census Bureau’s demographics to redistribute House seats and modify the rules for the division of political constituencies across the United States to make it favorable to the Republican Party.
The White House appointed four senior political officials to the Census Bureau and last year ordered the Census Bureau to conduct state-by-state statistics on unauthorized immigrants entering the United States, so as to deduct this part of the population from the total population when reassigning seats in the House of Representatives.
To this end, Dillingham ordered that the census statistics be shortened to one month, which led to many questions about the accuracy of the census.
But the Census Bureau admitted this month that it would not be possible to produce immigration statistics sought by the government until Trump leaves office.
the 15th, a federal court ordered that the Census Bureau be prohibited from providing any data related to Trump’s order before President-elect Biden took office.