California sues feds for adding citizenship question to 2020 Census

California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, claiming the action will be unlawful as well as “will directly impede” efforts to obtain an accurate population count.

An undercount for California inside the upcoming census could result inside the nation’s most populous state losing a congressional seat as well as might jeopardize billions of dollars in federal funding for health care, transportation as well as education, state officials said.

Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, said in a press conference Tuesday the action was “another reckless decision” by the Trump administration as well as “threatens not just immigrant families in our state yet all of us inside the state of California.”

The Commerce Department announced late Monday which would certainly reinstate the citizenship question on the 2020 Census to help enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The last time the citizenship question was asked on the Census was in 1950. The decision followed a request by the U.S. Department of Justice, which seeks “to provide census block level citizenship voting age population, or CVAP, data which will be not currently available by government surveys,” Commerce said in a statement.

“After a thorough review of the legal, program, as well as policy considerations, as well as numerous discussions with Census Bureau leadership, members of Congress, as well as interested stakeholders, Secretary [Wilbur] Ross has determined which reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire will be necessary to provide complete as well as accurate census block level data,” Commerce said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement which the Census Bureau has asked the citizenship question on its American Community Survey since 1965, with the exception of 2010. yet which said the ACS “will be not the most appropriate data to use as a basis for redistricting. The Justice Department looks forward to defending the reinstatement of the citizenship question, which will allow the department to protect the right to vote as well as ensure free as well as fair elections for all Americans.”

A Commerce official who declined to be named told CNBC which the department won’t comment on specifics of the California lawsuit yet insisted the state’s case lacks merit. “We look forward to prevailing in court as well as continuing to work with the Census Bureau to conduct a complete as well as accurate 2020 census,” the official said.

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