New York Files Lawsuit Over Census Citizenship Question

18 States Sue Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

He added that it would end a longstanding 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 non-citizens.

"This move directly targets states like NY that have large, thriving immigrant populations - threatening billions of dollars in federal funding for NY as well as fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College", the attorney general said in a statement last week. It notes that in 1980 the Census Bureau fought back against a lawsuit to compel it to include a question about immigration status on the decennial survey, saying it would "severely jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count".

It would be the first time in 70 years that the government used the census form sent to every household to ask people to specify whether they are USA citizens. "For decades, administrations from both parties have treated this constitutional requirement with the respect and reverence it deserves".

Seventeen states were included in the lawsuit against the Trump administration: New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnestoa, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. The cities of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Sanfrancisco, and Seattle, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, also joined the lawsuit.

"New York City is joining Attorney General Schneiderman's lawsuit to stop President Trump from this unprecedented move to politicize the census".

The attorneys general argue that adding an untested citizenship question to the Census is therefore unnecessary as well as damaging to accuracy because of its impact on response rates.




Acting upon orders from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced last month that it will bring the question back for 2020.

The census question, she said, was another attempt from Trump to "make America white" again.

Centennial census data is used to redraw House districts, which determine how many seats each state receives and how many electoral votes they can cast. "President Trump's decision puts our awesome city of immigrants in jeopardy and threatens federal funding for infrastructure, health care and public safety in NY", said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Obtaining the cooperation of a suspicious and fearful population would be impossible if the group being counted perceived any possibility of the information being used against them.

The NAACP says the plans for the census will lead to a massive undercounting of blacks. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

The lawsuit also emphasizes the irreparable harm that will result from inaccuracies in the 2020 census caused by demanding citizenship information.

The census does not plan to ask immigration or legal status.

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