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05 April 2018, 12:50 | Nichole Osborne
RI Elected Officials, Community Groups Oppose Citizenship Question In 2020 US Census
The lawsuit comes amid a series of disputes between the Trump administration and blue states on the subject of illegal immigration. It will also inform the decisions of private businesses about where they should invest. That's because the White House is expecting millions of people to not answer it. "For decades, administrations from both parties have treated this constitutional requirement with the respect and reverence it deserves. Adding a citizenship question would undermine participation and accuracy", Miller said in a statement Tuesday. The attorneys general argue that the citizenship question will impede an actual count required by the Constitution.
"We argue with substantial evidence this is done to punish places like NY, where we welcome immigrants", he said.
Critics say the current survey is adequate for that goal, and the citizenship question will just end up undermining the decennial census, especially among minority and immigrant populations. Yet despite these findings, the Trump administration is going forward with asking individuals if they're a USA citizen or not. U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney predicted the lawsuit will end before the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Schneiderman questioned that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was really interested in better enforcing the Voting Rights Act.
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.
In 2009, every former Census Bureau chief dating back to 1979 jointly confirmed that a citizenship question would depress participation and lead to a significant undercount, undermining the goal of the Census itself. "Census Bureau directors appointed by presidents of both political parties have not included a question about citizenship since 1950 - almost seven decades ago - out of concern that it would result in an inaccurate count". "As state Attorneys General we are committed to making sure every voice is heard, and we believe that every person in America counts".
Members of the lawsuit against the Trump administration seem to agree. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. "And you need to be anxious".
"Decisions to change questions on the decennial census typically take several years to test, evaluate, and implement; but defendants' decision here was compressed into a hasty and unprecedented period of less than four months", the complaint states.
"Politicizing the Census is not a good idea", she said.
There's a growing consensus about what can and cannot be asked on the next USA census.
Oregon's population has grown by 8.1 percent since 2010, according to the Census Bureau. It also states that the new question violates the Administrative Procedure Act and does not follow the Census Bureau's standards for accepting new questions. "The Census is one of the most important things our government does".
And yet, with regard to the citizenship question the Census appears to have skipped this process entirely. The Commerce Department has said the benefits of obtaining citizenship information "outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts".
Faced with this apparent effort to discourage immigrants from responding to the Census, the NY plaintiffs offer a few different legal theories. Such action is arbitrary and capricious, in violation of the APA.
The complaint will be heard in the United States District Court Southern District of NY.
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