Seattle among 6 cities suing Trump administration over census citizenship question

Census citizenship question will spark fear in immigrants, Schneiderman says as states file suit
New York AG Eric Schneiderman Suing Trump Admin to Block Citizenship Question on Census
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04 April, 2018

Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Conference of Mayors are also part of the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in ny. "For decades, administrations from both parties have treated this constitutional requirement with the respect and reverence it deserves". The resultant population undercount would jeopardize the Census Bureau's ability to determine how many people are in each state, threatening states' fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

The issue was thrust into the national spotlight last week when the Commerce Department announced its decision to include the "citizenship" question on the upcoming census; prompting liberal lawmakers to question the Trump administration's motives behind the move.

The census question, she said, was another attempt from Trump to "make America white" again.

Other states that have signed onto the lawsuit led by NY include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The lawsuit also argues that anti-immigrant policies promoted by the Trump administration will "amplify the negative impacts on census participation rates" from the citizenship question.

Tom Cochran, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which represents mayors of cities with 30,000 or more residents, said the addition of the question could hurt cities regardless of party.

In 2009, all eight former Directors of the Census Bureau dating back to 1979 - who served under both Democratic and Republican presidents - affirmed that a citizenship question would depress participation and lead to a significant undercount, undermining the objective of the census itself.

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The 54-page complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of ny was brought by 16 other states, Washington, D.C., six cities and the bipartisan United States Conference of Mayors.

"Without an accurate count, Seattle could lose billions of dollars of federal investments in housing, schools, and hospitals, and other critical federal resources".

The lawsuit charges that minority and immigrant populations are already among the hardest to count and that adding a citizenship question at this point would reduce the response rate and would depart from the standard practice of researching and testing a new question for several years before adding it. This proposal would then limit funds created to support some of the most vulnerable populations in each state, including low-income communities, the elderly, and children-regardless of citizenship.

It asked for a ruling that the citizenship demand is unauthorized and unconstitutional.

The decennial census is also used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, and each plaintiff state relies on population information from the Census Bureau to draw statewide redistricting plans for their Congressional and state legislative districts.

All of the states bringing the case have Democratic attorneys general.

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