Dem States And Cities Sue To Stop Citizenship Questions In Census

Dem States And Cities Sue To Stop Citizenship Questions In Census

Dem States And Cities Sue To Stop Citizenship Questions In Census

Almost two dozen US states and cities filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block the Trump administration's plan to ask respondents during the 2020 census if they are USA citizens, the latest salvo in an escalating battle.

The multi-state lawsuit, which was led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, claims it is unconstitutional to ask people about their citizenship status on the Census.

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"Between 1820 and 1950, nearly every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in some form", the department said, adding that surveys of sample populations also ask the citizenship question.

"This poison pill from the Trump administration is about ideology, not accuracy", said Attorney General Herring. In 2009, three decades' worth of former Census Bureau directors of both parties objected to a congressional proposal to add citizenship and immigration questions to the 2010 census. "It really does work against our goal of ensuring maximum participation in the census". "Minnesota allocates state aid to counties and municipalities - such as local government aid, state aid for roads, and community corrections aid - using census results".

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After the Commerce Department announced the reinstatement of the citizenship question on the Census, the open borders lobby and left-wing advocacy groups immediately denounced the decision. But New York and other states are alleging that adding the question is unconstitutional because it would undermine the government's constitutional responsibility of counting every person living in the US every 10 years.

The lawsuit notes that the US Census Bureau hasn't asked for citizenship information on the form that goes to every household since 1950. U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez called the citizenship question a "blatant attempt to undermine our Constitution and to undermine our democracy".

Henry Flores, a political scientist and voting rights expert at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, said that if the question generates an undercount, swing districts in the Texas Legislature could become "more solidly safe", for Republicans, despite a growing population of Hispanics, who lean toward Democrats.

Rather than invoking federal anti-discrimination law, however, the three-count complaint charges the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bureau of the Census and their leaders with violating the Constitution's enumeration clause and the Administrative Procedure Act.

In the lawsuit, the states argue the question is inconsistent with legal and constitutional responsibilities and that it will jeopardize funding streams for states. The Commonwealth could lose more seats if the Census fails to count all citizens and non-citizens. The District uses USA census information to draw boundaries for wards, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and voting precincts.

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