Documents released in a lawsuit attempting to block the inclusion of a question about citizenship in the 2020 census show lobbying by anti-immigration hard-liners for the question’s inclusion, and resistance on the part of some census officials to asking it.

In a July 2017 email to an aide to Wilbur Ross, the head of the Commerce Department, which oversees the census, Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who has taken a strong position against illegal immigration and was appointed by President Trump to a now-defunct panel on voter fraud, notes that the two men had spoken about the issue on at least two occasions — the first, “on the direction of Steve Bannon.”

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