Census will include citizenship question

Census will include citizenship question

Census will include citizenship question

It's required by the Constitution and used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House as well as how federal funds are distributed to local communities. Critics have long warned that a question about people's immigration status will depress participation and lead to inaccurate responses, both of which could warp the administration of these immensely consequential programs and institutions.

"The U.S. Constitution requires 'counting the whole number of persons in each State.' Adding a citizenship question would fatally undermine the accuracy of the 2020 Census and reduce response rates, especially among immigrant and noncitizen communities", Becerra said in the letter to Ross in February. The act protects minorities' voting rights. The new question comes at the request of the Justice Department which said it was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act. They would simply avoid the census - as is every American's right, incidentally - for fear that the next knock on their door wouldn't be a census taker, it would be a federal immigration agent. He said he would be consulting with the state attorney general and possibly other states about filing or joining lawsuits.

In an op-ed published on the San Francisco Chronicle website, Becerra said a citizenship question "would discourage noncitizens and their citizen family members from responding to the census, resulting in a less accurate population count".

Opponents of placing a question about citizenship include the state of California and many interest groups representing migrants. An aide to Healey said she already meant to join a multi-state lawsuit, led by the NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

Holder said contrary to the rationale presented by the Justice Department, he and other modern-era attorneys general were "perfectly" able to handle those legal matters without such a question on the Census.

He also says the question is illegal in California. Researchers said respondents had specific fears about sharing confidential information with researchers, and attributed it to moves from the Trump administration to target immigrants and people of color such as the Muslim travel ban, the dismantling of DACA, and the empowerment of ICE agents.

California and NY vowed to sue to block the move, saying it will deter immigrants from participating.

"The Trump administration's decision to ask about citizenship on the U.S. Census is a gross political act that launches another missile at the heart of NY".

The Commerce Department announced Monday night that the administration would reinstate the question of citizenship for the 2020 census, a contentious move President Donald Trump's Justice Department has urged since the early days of his presidency. The census helps determine several things including political representation in Congress and the distribution of federal money.

MA has an all-Democratic congressional delegation and its Electoral College votes have gone to the Democratic presidential nominee in 13 of the last 15 presidential elections.

Eric Holder, the former attorney-general under Barack Obama and present chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said he would also litigate to stop what he described as "a direct attack on our representative democracy".

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