Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Commerce Department says citizenship question will be reinstated in 2020 Census

Commerce Department says citizenship question will be reinstated in 2020 Census

The US Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau, said late on Monday it would bring back the citizenship question, in defiance of warnings that doing so would deter millions of people from participating in the count.

The move comes at the request of the Justice Department, first made in the early days of the administration, saying it was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

The census is meant to count the total United States population, not just U.S. citizens.

The Center for Immigration Studies, a group that pushes for decreased immigration says participation in the census has already decreased and that it seems unlikely that a citizenship question would decrease census participation.

Data from the census is used to determine the number of seats a state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives and can have a significant effect on the way congressional and state voting districts are drawn.

Becerra and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla wrote in an op-ed Monday that Ross is not just wrong but that the query is unconstitutional: "Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea-it is illegal". "Secretary Ross determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government objective outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts".

He would consult the state attorney general and possibly other states about filing or joining lawsuits. Researchers said respondents had specific fears about sharing confidential information with researchers, and attributed it to moves from the Trump administration to target immigrants and people of color such as the Muslim travel ban, the dismantling of DACA, and the empowerment of ICE agents.

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Resistance to answering census questions has grown in recent years as some Americans have deemed the survey too intrusive, and have said the Constitution's only requirement is for a count, not an answer to myriad further personal detail inquiries that appear on the decennial census. He called the move by Ross an attempt to suppress the count in states such as MA that have large immigrant populations.

"This is a question that's been included in every census since 1965 with the exception of 2010, when it was removed", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The Justice Department recently announced it was suing California over state and city laws the federal government has said extend protections to people living in the country illegally in so-called "sanctuary cities". Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who serves as chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, said it a statement that the decision could lead to "devastating, decade-long impacts on voting rights and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding".

Democratic lawmakers had been bracing for the decision, making a point to question Ross during congressional hearings.

Several Republican senators voiced support for including the question, having previously sent a letter to the Department of Commerce urging the question be reinstated.

He also said some opponents didn't realize the question used to be standard on the Census.

The U.S Census Bureau now counts the total number of people in the country every 10 years, not the citizens.

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