Trump administration to add citizenship question to 2020 census

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However, Ross said the commerce department was unable to determine how the citizen question would affect responsiveness. Commerce says in a press release issued Monday night that the citizenship data will help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights. The Census is meant to count the entire population, not just U.S. citizens.

"The census numbers provide the backbone for planning how our communities can grow and thrive in the coming decade", Becerra said in a statement on Monday.

Census data is used to decide things like allocation of federal funds and apportionment of congressional seats.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the state will sue the Trump Administration over its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Michael Strain, director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said the move risked introducing "significant inaccuracy" into the census count.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the data could help identify potential voting rights violations by providing more accurate information than now available about the proportion of a congressional district's population that is actually eligible to vote by virtue of holding citizenship.

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He would consult the state attorney general and possibly other states about filing or joining lawsuits. "California simply has too much to lose for us to allow the Trump Administration to botch this important decennial obligation".

They asked Gore to respond to all of their questions by March 26, given the fact that the U.S. Census Bureau has to submit their questions to the U.S. Congress by March 31.

The State of California, which has a large immigrant population, filed a lawsuit early Tuesday in federal court against the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau. A group of 19 Democratic attorneys-general told Mr Ross this month that including the question would be unconstitutional.

The United States Conference of Mayors said in a recent letter to Wilbur Ross, commerce secretary, that the citizenship question would "increase the burden on respondents, heighten privacy concerns. and lower participation by immigrants who fear that the government will use the information to harm them and their families". The new citizenship question would be a departure from a census that has enumerated US citizens as well as non-U.S. citizens since 1790, in order to get an accurate count of actual funding needed for people in various communities. Healey has not been shy about bringing lawsuits against the federal government when she believes USA policy under President Donald Trump will harm MA.

This Administration is now using the census as a weapon against immigrants.

"A question about US citizenship on [the] 2020 census will massively depress responses from immigrants and sabotage the entire census", Berman concluded. The Census Bureau now asks about place of birth, citizenship and year of entry on a separate survey conducted every year called the American Community Survey, sampling only a portion of the population.