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Minnesota joins lawsuit to block citizenship question on census forms

Minnesota joins lawsuit to block citizenship question on census forms

Minnesota joins lawsuit to block citizenship question on census forms

"As state Attorneys General we are committed to making sure every voice is heard, and we believe that every person in America counts".

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler said it was a "brazen attempt by the Trump administration to cheat on the census, to undermine the integrity of the census and to attack states ... to steal electoral votes from those states and give them to more congenial states that will vote Republican". At the Capitol, Texas lawmakers called on state officials to do the same, though that's a long shot - not only does the state government support the question, First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer urged the Census Bureau to include it.

Healey, who has filed and joined multiple lawsuits against the Trump administration since January 2017, on Tuesday signed on with 18 attorneys general in the filing of the lawsuit, which argues that the addition of the question to the US Census will depress participation in communities with immigrants and lead to undercounting of the population. "Mayors of both parties have long contested that previous censuses have undercounted cities, limiting the federal resources that their communities deserve", he said. Noting successful litigation blocking administration action against deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) or the ban against people from certain Muslim countries, he noted that Trump's own comments about such issues have been used to prove animus, or ill will.

Under the Constitution, the Census Bureau has an obligation to determine, "the whole number of persons in each state". "With immigrant communities already living in fear, demanding citizenship status would drive them into the shadows, leading to a major undercount that threatens billions in federal funding for NY and our fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College". An undercount would significantly affect the funding. It is also brought under the Administrative Procedure Act, which permits courts to set aside unlawful or arbitrary and capricious agency decisions.

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An accurate census is critical to the state.

Democrats in state and federal governance have disagreed, claiming that the Trump administration is changing the census to serve political ends, as undercounts in states that welcome immigrants would result in those states receiving less funding and less political recognition. It will shape how much money states receive to build highways, to fund child care, and to provide health care to poor people - among many other things.

The Census Bureau does already ask about citizenship in the American Community Survey, which targets a small fraction of the households captured by the decennial census.

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