The Trump administration announced on Monday that it will add a question on citizenship to the United States Census.
In an eight-page memo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Justice Department has requested that the census ask who is a citizen in order to help determine possible violations of the Voting Rights Act.
— U.S. Commerce Dept. (@CommerceGov) March 27, 2018
The last time a question about citizenship was included in the census questionnaire was 1950.
Democrats and pro-illegal immigrant advocacy groups strongly criticized the decision.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says he’s filing a lawsuit against Trump admin. over citizenship question on 2020 Census, saying “including the question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal.”
Constitution does not require citizenship question. This is purely political. Trump Administration is trying to rig the 2020 Census (to protect gerrymandering) by intimidating people. Don’t be fooled-some states will unfairly lose funds and representation. We will sue. https://t.co/2R3mZ0FQSp
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 27, 2018
A citizenship question is another fear tactic brought on by this administration to silence immigrants. @commercegov needs to remove this question so we can get an accurate count #census2020 https://t.co/c6HsWJ9Fyk
— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) March 27, 2018
The #Census isn’t a survey of citizens. The Constitution says it’s designed to count everyone in the US. This is another attempt from Trump’s anti-immigrant Administration to incite fear of immigrants and people of color. What’s next, counting us as 3/5? https://t.co/9uU6hxVjDC
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) March 27, 2018
The Trump Administration’s efforts to politicize the 2020 Census are a direct threat to our representative democracy and blatant effort to intimidate immigrant communities. We cannot let this sabotage stand. https://t.co/c4Aiw68HPn
— Rep. Joe Crowley (@repjoecrowley) March 27, 2018
The #Census is how our voices are counted & the decision to add a new #CitizenshipQuestion creates fear, intimidation & removes the voices of millions of individuals from representation from the federal government.https://t.co/Erb36sEq0y
— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) March 27, 2018
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) March 27, 2018