Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Biden Nominates First Person of Color to Serve as Permanent Census Bureau Director

President Biden has Picked Statistician, Robert Santos, as the next Census Bureau Director, setting the stage for the First Person of Color to Permanently Head the Ggency if Confirmed by the Senate.

Santos, who is Mexican American, "is an expert in survey sampling, survey design and more generally in social science/policy research, with over 40 years of experience," the White House said in a statement. He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Methodologist at the Urban Institute, a Nonprofit Research Organization.

The President's intent to Nominate Santos, follows a turbulent year at the Census Bureau after the coronavirus pandemic hit, just as the Massive Once-a-Decade effort to Count the U.S. Population was getting underway and Scrambled the Agency's Plans.

But the most recent Count was mired in Political Controversy following the Trump Administration's drive to compile Citizenship Data and use it to the Benefit of Republicans in an effort Experts called Unprecedented. Trump had specifically Attempted to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from being Counted when Seats in Congress are Divided-Up between the Ssates.

The Trump-Appointed Census Bureau Director, Steve Dillingham, told the House Oversight Committee, in July 2020, he had No Heads-Up from the White House, about the Presidential Memorandum on the Apportionment Tally. He said he had learned of the Order from a Newspaper Article and First saw the actual Order "when it was posted on the web."

Dillingham had Declined to Express his Views on the Directive itself, saying he is "not in a position where I can express my opinions with regard to the policy."

"I cannot answer or even give my personal views because my job as the Census Bureau director will be to execute the 2020 census," Dillingham said.

He ultimately Resigned from his Role nearly a year before his Term, was Scheduled to End, on Biden's First day in Office.

The President signed an Executive Order hours after being Sworn-In that Requires Non-Citizens to be included in the Census and Apportionment of Congressional Representatives.

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