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PoliticsDemocrats celebrate announcement on citizenship census question

08:20  03 july  2019
08:20  03 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Top Democrats on Capitol Hill are celebrating the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday that it will forgo adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census . Critics have pushed back on the White House's efforts to ensure its inclusion for months, arguing it had the potential to cause

According to the Trump administration, the question about citizenship was removed from census forms in 2010, when Obama was president. A March 2018 announcement by the Trump administration that they planned to “reinstate” questions about citizenship on the 2020 census form

Democrats celebrate announcement on citizenship census question© Greg Nash Democrats celebrate announcement on citizenship census question

Top Democrats on Capitol Hill are celebrating the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday that it will forgo adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Critics have pushed back on the White House's efforts to ensure its inclusion for months, arguing it had the potential to cause noncitizens and anyone else in their households to skip filling out the question or partaking in the census altogether, which could lead to an inaccurate count.

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citizenship question included on the 2020 census , Democrats and rights groups across the country celebrated a fresh victory for democracy . " Democracy has won," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla declared in a statement on Tuesday, calling the government's defeat on the census issue a

While the political jockeying behind the citizenship question may ultimately prove irrelevant to the Supreme Court, that hasn't "The only people who don't want to ask the question -- Democrats around the country do, Republicans around the country do, independents around the country do -- the

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y), the co-chairwoman of the House Census Caucus who led members in the fight against the question, said she felt an "ominous storm cloud over the census has been lifted."

The New York Democrat had sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday morning calling for the agency to begin printing the census without the question following the Supreme Court's recent ruling against the Trump administration on the issue.

"The ominous storm cloud over the census has been lifted. This Administration is finally following the law. Moving forward with the 2020 Census without the citizenship question brings us a step closer to a full and accurate count," she said in a statement.

"We owe a lot of this victory to the amazing advocacy and community groups in states across the country who worked hand in hand with us to raise awareness of the illegality and outright lies of the Administration. Today is a huge win for every American who stands for democracy and equal representation," she added.

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The Trump administration claimed the citizenship question on the census questionnaire is necessary to better comply with federal voting rights law. The administration has also asserted executive privilege over materials related to the citizenship question , spurring a fight with House Democrats .

Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census , following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a statement shortly after the decision was announced, calling it "a victory for our democracy."

"The exclusion of the citizenship question from the census is a victory for our democracy and for fair representation of all communities in this country," Schumer said. "The Trump administration's politically-motivated efforts to undermine the Constitution in this instance were so reprehensible that even the conservative Supreme Court couldn't let them get away with it. Democrats in Congress will be watching the Trump administration like a hawk to ensure there is no wrong-doing throughout this process and that every single person is counted."

Other Senate Democrats also heaped on the praise, including Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illi.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) applauded the announcement, adding Democrats need to take strides to ensure people respond to the census.

"MAJOR NEWS: We won this one - no citizenship question on #Census2020. Now we've got to double down & make sure folks respond. Our democracy can't afford an undercount," he tweeted.

And Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said the announcement was a "victory for democracy," arguing the change could have impacted the amount of money appropriated for key priorities in certain areas of the country.

"Victory for democracy! The Constitution requires a count of ALL people. Now we need your help to spread the word and encourage everybody in your community to participate in #Census2020. An accurate count impacts representation & federal $$$ for housing, transpo, health & more," she said on Twitter.

The Department of Commerce announced its intention to add the question on citizenship status last year, saying it would help the Department of Justice enforce the Voting Rights Act.

The decision sparked strong pushback from a number of states, which launched legal challenges to the addition of the question in the courts.

Following the Supreme Court ruling, President Trump said he wanted to delay to 2020 census in hopes of adding the question.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles and legal restrictions. Trump wants to distill a massive trove of data across seven government agencies — and possibly across 50 states. It's far from clear how such varying systems can be mined, combined and compared. He directed the Commerce Department, which manages the census, to form a working group.

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