NY AG files lawsuit to block census citizenship question

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

It is no wonder California has an "open border" policy toward undocumented immigrants, as it results is a greater representation in Congress and more federal funding for programs. More than a dozen states have sued the administration to block the addition. It will also inform the decisions of private businesses about where they should invest. That's because the White House is expecting millions of people to not answer it.

Federal funding and congressional representation are at stake in the dispute over the Trump administration's move to reinstate the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice requested the Census Bureau demand citizenship information in the 2020 Census form.

Which brings us to NY v.

This week the attorneys general of IL and sixteen other states sued in federal court to block the census from adding a citizenship question. It also makes a strong case that the Trump administration made an end run around the Census' ordinary procedures.

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New York Attorney General Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who announced the new lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, said the plans would have a "devastating effect on New York, where we have millions of immigrants". The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of ny, the federal trial court in Manhattan.

Before we dive into the details of the NY lawsuit, let's dispel with this fiction that the Trump administration doesn't know what it is doing. "This citizenship question is just a scare tactic", Schneiderman said. The wiser heads at the Census Bureau at the time understood that even if the respondent was born in the U.S.to citizen parents, many still had a fear of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and would not participate.

The plaintiffs claim the citizenship question "will fatally undermine the accuracy of the population count and cause tremendous harms to plaintiffs and their residents". Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. "Census Bureau directors appointed by presidents of both political parties have not included a question about citizenship since 1950 - almost seven decades ago - out of concern that it would result in an inaccurate count". In a 2016 brief to the Supreme Court, a bipartisan group of four former Census directors warned that "a [person-by-person] citizenship inquiry would invariably lead to a lower response rate to the Census in general". "And you need to be anxious". The lawsuit contends the question is created to depress participation in the census, which would adversely affect predominantly Democratic states with large immigrant populations, such as NY and New Jersey.

The Trump Administration says the decision came at the department level from the Census Bureau and says it supports the decision, "specifically to help us comply with the Voting Rights Act", Sarah Sanders said in a news conference in late May.

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