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MARCH 29, 2018
Those who oppose the citizenship question in the 2020 Census are totally nuts. California on Monday promised to sue the Trump administration over its decision to ask the 2020 census respondents if they are citizens of the United States. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the suit against the administration late Monday on Twitter, saying the measure would be unlawful.
The Commerce Department said in a statement that the citizenship question would be added in response to a request by the Justice Department made in December. The statement said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross "has determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data." Democrats have criticized the administrations announcement, saying the inclusion of such a question amounts to an effort to intimidate immigrant communities and siphon money and electoral power away from them.
In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece
published Monday, Becerra and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
wrote that the inclusion of a citizenship question would be "illegal" and
"an extraordinary attempt by the Trump administration to hijack the 2020
census for political purposes." According to the Commerce Department, "almost
every decennial census" between 1820 and 1950 "asked a question on citizenship
in some form." The department also said the citizenship question would
be "the same as the one that is asked on the yearly American Community
Survey (ACS)." The ACS is sent to a much smaller percentage of American
homes than the actual census.