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MARCH 31, 2018

     This statement appeared by the liberal media - "A collection of states started preparing legal actions against the Trump administration just hours after the Commerce Department announced that it would include a controversial question about citizenship status in the 2020 U.S. Census — a move that could have far-reaching effects on immigrants and the political landscape."  The operative word is "collection" - ment to denote more, when in fact there are few states.

     The decision to include the question sparked a wave of backlash from congressional Democrats and civil rights groups, and the White House was pressed to defend the move. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed claims that the revamped census could see a drop in response rates from immigrants, who may fear the information could lead to their deportation, disproportionately affecting their ability to attain federal resources. Sanders maintained that including the question was "necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters" and would boost efforts to comply with federal voting rights laws. The Commerce Department's census announcement was met with swift pushback from state and congressional officials. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration, arguing that the citizenship question would "botch" the census. "What the Trump Administration is requesting is not just alarming, it is an unconstitutional attempt to discourage an accurate Census count," Becerra said in a statement.

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