The battle over how and who the 2020 U.S. Census has begun, with billions in funding and questions of congressional apportionment — and which party will be dominant (or not completely irrelevant) going into the next decade — hanging in the balance. The opening salvo is the Trump administration’s plan to include a U.S. citizenship question as part of the standard form. Given the White House’s distaste for immigration and immigrants generally and undocumented aliens in particular, it’s logical to expect that such a question would drive down response rates among folks not born in America (with special emphasis on urban areas) and skew the results toward rural, whiter and more Republican states and municipalities. This, of course, would be just dandy for the GOP, a party that’s proven repeatedly since 2010 that it will stop at almost nothing (blocking federal court nominations, shutting down the government, creating ludicrous gerrymanders) to preserve power.