The Trump administration’s proposal to change the boundaries of Texas for the 2020 Census is being criticized by some GOP lawmakers, who say it’s disrespectful to the state’s rich history of Native American heritage.
In a statement, the White House Office of Management and Budget argued that changing the maps could create “an unfair advantage for Democrats.”
But the proposal was also slammed by several Republicans who have long called for the state to remain contiguous.
The Trump team, the officials said, should reject the proposal because it would “seriously affect our ability to accurately represent Texas’s diverse communities.”
“The proposed changes are a blatant attempt to change how we represent the state of Texas in the 2020 census,” said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.
“It will make it impossible for us to accurately determine the true diversity of our people.”
Lance Armstrong of the National Republican Congressional Committee called the proposed changes a “slap in the face to our great state.”
“Republicans have a long history of fighting for the right to represent Texas in our Census, and the Trump administration is doing everything in their power to further divide our communities,” Armstrong said in a statement.
“The Trump administration should reject this proposal, and work to protect the true Texas of our history.”
The GOP, which has controlled Texas since 1994, is the party of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and George H.W. Bush in 1988.
The two candidates ran for the Whitehouse, the highest office in the land.
Trump said in his statement the Census would “help Americans understand the diversity of Texas” and would “strengthen our nation’s racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.”
The proposal was the first to be put forward by the administration since the 2012 Census that was criticized by many Democrats for making the census harder to access and less representative.
Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, has long pushed for changes to the Census.
In a letter to the White to ask for a report on the Census 2020 project, Smith wrote, “There are many, many questions we still have to answer about how to best use the 2020 National Population Estimates and Census Census Data, which is needed to inform the future of America.”
The new Census 2020 proposal would be one of several changes proposed by the Trump White House to help the 2020 election, including a revised map that would show the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
The administration also is considering an amendment to the 2020 GOP platform that would call for the Census to be conducted in Spanish.
A separate proposal to redesign the 2020 House map also is under consideration, which would include the states and territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with the District of Columbia.
The Census 2020 census would take place between 2020 and 2032.
The Census 2020 plan also would be the first time that the Census will be conducted under strict federal guidelines and is expected to cost taxpayers $3.8 billion.