An effort by the Census Bureau to collect state driver’s license records as part of President Trump’s order to gather citizenship information has been a bust so far.
As of Wednesday, the vast majority of state motor vehicle agencies had not agreed to share their records with the bureau, according to an Associated Press survey of the 50 states. The effort over the past couple of months has alarmed civil rights groups, which see it as part of a backdoor move by the Trump administration to reduce the political power of minorities.
In August, the bureau began requesting five years’ worth of driver’s license records, promising the information would be kept confidential. The effort began after the Supreme Court rejected the Trump’s administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and the president instead ordered citizenship data compiled through administrative records.