United States adds citizenship question to 2020 census; AG Maura Healey will sue

U.S. will reinstate question about citizenship in 2020 Census Commerce Dept

U.S. will reinstate question about citizenship in 2020 Census Commerce Dept

"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 New York", Gov.Cuomo said.

In the eight-page memo released by the department, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross rejected claims that citizenship questions, which he is looking to place last, have an impact on the Census.

The Census survey before 1950 asked citizenship questions consistently, the department said, adding that the recent decision was prompted by a request from the Department of Justice in December previous year, as census block level citizenship voting age population (CVAP) data is not now available from government surveys. Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases Coherent strategy needed beyond limited sanctions to counter Russian aggression House Oversight Dems: GOP blocking request for Trump admin records MORE (D-Md.) is calling on Oversight Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyDem senator introduces bill to publicize Trump officials" flying Gowdy: Trump's lawyers doing "disservice' by framing Mueller probe around collusion House Oversight chairman requests details on Zinke's 9K door MORE (R-S.C.) to hold hearings on the constitutionality of adding a question on citizenship to the USA census.

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

The Trump administration has provoked threats of lawsuits and a backlash from senior Democrats after deciding to reinstate a controversial question about citizenship status in the next USA census.

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"The Census is supposed to count everyone", Healey said in a statement.

"Secretary Ross determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government objective outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts", it said.

He would consult the state attorney general and possibly other states about filing or joining lawsuits.

California has already said it will sue the Trump administration over the decision.

Any problems with the numbers in the Census, which is mandated under the USA constitution, will reverberate for at least 10 years until the next big count.

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"It is long settled that all persons residing in the United States - citizens and non-citizens alike - must be counted to fulfill the Constitution's "actual Enumeration" mandate", the lawsuit stated. "And no one provided evidence that there are residents who would respond accurately to a decennial census that did not contain a citizenship question but would not respond if it did (although many believed that such residents had to exist)".

In an op-ed published Monday, California's Attorney General Xavier Bacerra slammed the decision.

The Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration limits, said people's unwillingness to cooperate with the Census predates President Trump and so there's no way to draw a correlation between bad reception to the citizenship question and any future drop in answers. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, praised Ross for announcing the decision to include a citizenship question, calling it a "reasonable, common sense addition to the census". GOP Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas had sent a letter to the Commerce Department asking Ross to add the question. "The addition of a citizenship question to the census questionnaire is a direct attack on our representative democracy".

"A question about US citizenship on [the] 2020 census will massively depress responses from immigrants and sabotage the entire census", Berman concluded.

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