Dem States And Cities Sue To Stop Citizenship Questions In Census

07 April 2018, 12:18 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa speaks against including a citizenship question on the U.S. Census in 2020. Credit Ian Donnis RIPR

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa speaks against including a citizenship question on the U.S. Census in 2020

By one estimate, as many as 24.3 million people may not respond to the Census if it includes a citizenship question.

Such machinations appear to us as startling-even horrific, but they were not aberrant.

Typically, the federal government pays for that coordinator, but isn't for this census, prompting the request in the recently-concluded legislative session, according to the Governor's Office.

Now, as the 2020 census approaches, elected officials are once again threatening to use the census for political purposes.

Fourteen percent of D.C.'s population is foreign-born and an estimated 25,000 immigrants are undocumented, Attorney General Karl Racine said the citizenship question could undermine residents.

On Tuesday, the city of Philadelphia, as well as state Attorney General Josh Shapiro as part of a coalition filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of ny demanding that the Trump Administration's move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census be blocked.

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As a result of the 2010 Census, Washington (state), Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Georgia and SC gained one seat in the House of Representatives, while Texas gained four seats and Florida two seats. Hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are directly tied to demographic information obtained through the census, including the Highway Trust Fund and other Department of Transportation grants, Child Care Development Grants, and Medicaid. The hyper-segregation of our country feeds this process, making it more feasible to undercount black and brown people isolated in geographic areas that can be neglected. Yet despite these findings, the Trump administration is going forward with asking individuals if they're a USA citizen or not. At that time, Hispanics were becoming one of the fastest growing groups. Others may avoid the Census out of confusion over the question.

In the past, the Census Bureau took this obligation very seriously. As a result, many scholars accused that census of undercounting Hispanics. Additionally, more than 1 million Texans who are USA citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented.

"These well-documented risks of adding a person-by-person citizenship demand to the decennial census are heightened in the current political climate because of President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and this administration's pattern of policies and actions that target immigrant communities", the lawsuit reads.

The Census Bureau's own research, Schneiderman noted, shows that demanding citizenship status details will "inevitably jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count".

So, naturally, the Trump administration wants to skew these numbers to benefit white people.



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