17 States and 7 Cities Sue Census Bureau Over New 2020 Citizenship Question The group, which is lead by NY state, filed the suit on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. This directly threatens those states' fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as billions of dollars in critical federal funding for education, infrastructure, Medicaid, and more.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement Monday he was among legislators requesting that the next census request citizenship status, saying, "a question on citizenship is a reasonable, commonsense addition to the census". "Census Bureau directors appointed by presidents of both political parties have not included a question about citizenship since 1950 - almost seven decades ago - out of concern that it would result in an inaccurate count".
The temporary employee will coordinate the state's efforts "to ensure an accurate census count" in 2020, according to a legislative budget report. "Minnesota allocates state aid to counties and municipalities - such as local government aid, state aid for roads, and community corrections aid - using census results".
The suit, as NPR and the Chicago Tribune reports, comes more than a week after California filed a similar lawsuit federal court against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the bureau, and Census Bureau officials.
"With immigrant communities already living in fear, demanding citizenship status would drive them into the shadows", he added, "leading to a major undercount that threatens billions in federal funding for NY and our fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College".
As noted in a 54-page complaint, the decennial US census has not delved into citizenship since 1950.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that the citizenship question would help federal prosecutors enforce the Voting Right Act, but Schneiderman noted that the anti-immigration hawk has not prosecuted one case under that statute.
ABC News reported on Tuesday that staff in the Census Bureau warned last fall the responses they received in focus groups and pre-testing for the census indicated an increased fear among immigrants that the information they volunteered would be used against them and their families. "Yet this question about citizenship discourages accuracy and inclusion and it runs counter to the intent behind the law, as inscribed in our Constitution".
The city of Philadelphia is also part of the suit, along with five other major cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Several states are planning to take President Donald Trump to court over his administration's decision to ask a controversial question on the upcoming 2020 Census.
With the start of the 2020 Census less than two years away, preparations for the decennial count of the nation's residents have already begun in Oregon.