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US States, cities sue U.S. to block 2020 census citizenship question

21:12  03 april  2018
21:12  03 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Citizenship question to return to 2020 census, Commerce Department announces

  Citizenship question to return to 2020 census, Commerce Department announces The Trump administration announced Monday night that the 2020 Census will ask respondents if they are citizens of the United States. In a statement, the Commerce Department said the citizenship question would be added in response to a request by the Justice Department made in December. The statement said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross "has determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data.

A group of U . S . states and cities sued the Trump administration to stop it from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens . The lawsuit by 17 states , Washington D.C. and six cities challenged what they called last week' s "unconstitutional and arbitrary" decision.

A group of U . S . states and cities sued the Trump administration to stop it from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens . Critics of the citizenship question say it might dissuade immigrants, and perhaps many citizens , from being counted, with a disproportionate impact

FILE PHOTO: Immigration ceremony in Los Angeles for new United States citizens © REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Immigration ceremony in Los Angeles for new United States citizens A group of U.S. states and cities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens.

The lawsuit, filed by 17 states, Washington D.C. and six cities, challenged what it said was an "unconstitutional and arbitrary" decision announced last month by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau, to add the citizenship question.

The census, authorized by the U.S. Constitution and conducted every 10 years, is used to determine the allocation to states of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.

California AG to sue Trump administration over census citizenship question

  California AG to sue Trump administration over census citizenship question California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said late Monday he is filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to include a question on citizenship in the 2020 Census. "We're prepared to do what we must to protect California from a deficient Census. Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea - it is illegal," Becerra said in a statement.#BREAKING: Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump's Administration over decision to add #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea - it is illegal: https://t.

A group of U . S . states and cities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether A citizenship question has not appeared in the census since 1950. At a press conference, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the

New York state is leading a group of 18 states , 10 cities , four counties and the U . S . Conference of Mayors in a lawsuit against the Census Bureau and Commerce Department to try to remove a new citizenship question from the 2020 census questionnaire. It was originally filed April 3, more than a

Critics of the citizenship question say its inclusion might dissuade immigrants, and perhaps many citizens, from being counted, with a disproportionate impact on Democrat-leaning states.

The plaintiffs include many Democrat-controlled or leaning states, major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Supporters of the question, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, say it will help the country enforce the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A citizenship question has not appeared in the census since 1950.

At a press conference, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the question a "blatant effort" by the Trump administration, which he said has an "anti-immigrant animus," to prevent the Census Bureau from "carrying out its clear constitutional mandate."

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says "is not just a bad idea - it is illegal."WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says "is not just a bad idea - it is illegal.

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