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Trump administration is considering census citizenship question
Democrats want a question removed from the 2020 census: Are you a U.S. citizen? William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles.
The Trump-the government announced Monday evening that the 2020 census to ask respondents if they are citizens of the United States.
In a statement, the Commerce Department said that citizenship would be made, the question added in response to a request by the Ministry of justice in December. The statement said that Minister of Commerce Wilbur Ross “has determined that the re-setting of citizenship is the question of how the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is required to file a complete and accurate census block-level data.”
The announcement was expected to draw fierce protest from Democrats, who say the inclusion of such a question amounts to an effort to intimidate migrant communities, and siphon money and elections the power away from them.
In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla published wrote that the inclusion of citizenship if the question were “illegal” and “an extraordinary attempt by the trump manage to kidnap the 2020 census, for political purposes.”
“California, with its large immigrant communities, would be disproportionate wrote damaged depressed participation in the census in 2020,” she said. “An undercount of at least one of California’s would seats threaten in the chamber of deputies (and by extension, an elector in the electoral college.)”
According to the Commerce Department, “almost every ten-year census”, between 1820 and 1950 “, asked a question of citizenship in any form.” The Department also said that citizenship would be a question of “is the same as the one that is asked on the annual American Community Survey (ACS).” The ACS is sent to a much smaller percentage of the American home than the actual census.
Of the ten-year census count is required by the Constitution and their results are used to determine government spending, as well as the number of congressional seats allotted to each state for the next decade, and the number of electoral votes available from each state.