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Jay Anderson | 27 March, 2018, 19:10

The federal government will include citizenship questions on the 2020 U.S. Census, according to a statement released late Monday night. He wrote, "The citizenship data provided to DOJ will be more accurate with the question than without it, which is of greater importance than any adverse effect that may result from people violating their legal duty to respond".

A question about citizenship status will be added to the 2020 USA census, for the first time since 1950.

Former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder also blasted the move and said his organization, which focuses on voting enfranchisement and redistricting, would also pursue litigation against what he called an "irresponsible decision".

"For the approximately 90 percent of the population who are citizens, this question is no additional imposition", Ross added. This is clearly an attempt to bully and discourage our immigrant communities from participating in the 2020 Census count.

The Commerce Department said the citizenship question will be the same as the one that is asked on the yearly American Community Survey (ACS), and it noted that citizenship questions have also been included on prior decennial censuses.

"All census numbers are used to reapportion seats in Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, and also these numbers have an impact on how billions of dollars are distributed around the country. from the federal level all the way down to the local level of how school districts figure out how to divide up resources".

USA officials say the move will help the federal government enforce the Voting Rights Act and give it the data it needs to allocate resources.

Census counts are taken by mail and by workers walking neighborhoods.




He concluded saying that in order to minimize an impact on census response rates, "I am directing the Census Bureau to place the citizenship question last on the decennial census form. My guess? We will have a less accurate census than the nation could have had".

Questions on citizenship have appeared in the past, but on the more frequent population surveys the census bureau carries out.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the Voting Rights Act required a tally of citizens of voting age to ensure that minority groups were not discriminated against.

The census regularly asked about citizenship between 1820 and 1950, when the question was removed.

"An undercount would threaten at least one of California's seats in the House of Representatives (and, by extension, an elector in the electoral college)", they wrote. "By asking this question, states will not have accurate representation and individuals in impacted communities will lose out on state and federal funding for health care, education, and infrastructure".

Advocates say the change is simple common sense-but critics say it doesn't make a lot of sense to hold a census that won't accurately count the population.

The state of California will sue the Trump administration over the upcoming 2020 census and its inclusion of a question about USA citizenship, California state attorney general Xavier Becerra said Monday night.

"The fight has just begun, and we will not stop until we have exhausted all avenues to provide the Census Bureau with the fix and certainty it needs to tackle its most ambitious task yet, counting the largest American population in history".

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