New York Sues Trump Administration Over Citizenship Question

18 States Sue Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, also includes six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors and comes a week after California sued the administration over the same issue. "Questions as to citizenship are particularly sensitive in minority communities and would inevitably trigger hostility, resentment, and refusal to cooperate".

Schneiderman said he is ready to take the case to the Supreme Court but doubts it will need to go that far. The attorneys general contend that an undercount violates the constitutional goal of the Census - to conduct an accurate count of all people in the nation - which threatens states' fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College, and will deprive states of a fair share of billions of dollars in federal funding. The NAACP has said the plans for the census will lead to a massive undercounting of blacks.

Mr. Schneiderman's lawsuit joins one by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who filed his challenge less than three hours after the Trump administration announced the citizenship question on March 26.

Seventeen states, Washington, D.C., six major cities and the United States Conference of Mayors filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Tuesday over its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, saying the the question will "fatally undermine the accuracy of the 2020 Census" and "jeopardize critical federal funding needed by states and localities to provide services and support for millions of residents".

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum feared it would drive immigrants into the shadows because of concerns about how the federal government will use citizenship information. He added that it would end a long-standing bipartisan effort to ensure the census is accurate and that the Bureau of the Census carries out its mandate to conduct a full and fair count of the population, including citizens and noncitizens.




The lawsuit argues that under the US Constitution, the Census Bureau must determine the whole number of persons living in each US state and demanding information on citizenship from respondents would decrease the number of participating immigrants.

The Census Bureau hasn't included a citizenship question in its survey of all USA households since 1950, well before passage of a 1965 law meant to ensure minority groups were fully represented in the once-a-decade count.

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop House Judiciary Dem rips Nunes memo accusing Federal Bureau of Investigation of bias Conyers stepping aside as ranking Dem on House Judiciary Committee Dems stop short of demanding Conyers step down from powerful committee MORE (D-N.Y.) accused the Trump administration of trying to steal Congressional seats from states with large immigrant communities. Four former census directors, who were appointed by Presidents from both political parties, agree that adding a citizenship question will depress response rates, and is therefore unlikely to yield the accurate citizen voting-age population data sought by the Justice Department. In addition, inaccurate counts can potentially deprive states of much-needed funds created to protect low-income and vulnerable communities. As a result, an undercount of population in states that are home to large immigrant communities will impair fair representation, a principle fundamental to the fabric of our democracy.

A citizenship question has not appeared in the census since 1950.

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