NC is Counting on Accurate 2020 Census

18 States Sue Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

Connecticut Joins Multi-State Effort to Block Trump Administration on Census Citizenship Question

Joining the lawsuit are six cities, the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, and 17 other Democratic attorneys general, including Oregon's Ellen Rosenblum, who partnered with Schneiderman to block President Trump's travel ban and DACA cancellation.

Schneiderman says an undercount threatens billions in federal funding for NY and fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

"Donald Trump and his administration wants to take the Census back to the 1950s with an unreasonable, unjust and unconstitutional proposal".

"At first glance, this move by the Trump Administration might seem innocuous, but evidence has shown the addition of a citizenship question will depress turnout - resulting in an inaccurate Census count that would hurt Pennsylvania", Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement.

The U.S. Justice Department had asked that such a question be included in 2020. "One of the federal government's most solemn obligations is a fair and accurate count of all people in the country, citizen and non-citizen alike", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.

The Trump administration announced last week it plans to reinstate a census question asking respondents if they are American citizens.

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In 1980, the Census Bureau rejected the addition of a citizenship question, saying, "Any effort to ascertain citizenship will inevitably jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count". An undercount would significantly affect the funding.

"It's just another punch to our communities immigrant and minority communities that are already struggling with limited or scarce resources", Garduno-Garcia said. "As state Attorneys General we are committed to making sure every voice is heard, and we believe that every person in America counts".

The defendants in the lawsuit are the US Department of Commerce, responsible for the census, and the Bureau of the Census. The District of Columbia uses U.S. Census information to draw ward, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and voting precinct boundaries.

"It's illegal also because the Administrative Procedures Act requires changes to the Census questionnaire be done after study and after public hearings and based on something other than mere guesses and somebody's idea of what would be a good new policy", Frosh continues.

Ross, in his announcement, conceded officials don't know the impact of the citizenship question on participation but argues the additional data collected is worth the answer.

In Virginia, immigrants account for around 12 percent of the population and 300,000 are undocumented.

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