(National Sentinel)Â Immigration Deformed: Officials with the state of California, along with former Attorney General Eric Holder, say they plan to file suit against the Trump administration over the president’s intention to reinstate a citizenship question into the 2020 Census.
In addition to Holder, who was President Obama’s first AG,Â California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced separately that the state would also file suit.
In deriding the plan, Holder said that the inclusion of a question about whether someone living in the U.S. is a citizen is “an attack on our representative democracy.”
Meanwhile, Becerra — who reportedly has set his sights on higher, national office — called the decision “illegal.”
The Commerce Department, which oversees the census, issued a statement announcing the decision.
“Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that a question on citizenship status will be reinstated to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire to help enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA),” the statement said. “Secretary Rossâ€™s decision follows a request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 decennial census.
“Please click HERE to view the memorandum directing the Census Bureau to reinstate a question on citizenship to the 2020 decennial census,” it added.
The citizenship question will be the same as the one that is asked on the yearly American Community Survey (ACS). Citizenship questions have also been included on prior decennial censuses,” the department said.
“Between 1820 and 1950, almost every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in some form. Today, surveys of sample populations, such as the Current Population Survey and the ACS, continue to ask a question on citizenship,” said the department.
“Having citizenship data at the census block level will permit more effective enforcement of the VRA, and Secretary Ross determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government purpose outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts,” it said.
The statement added that Congress has given the Commerce Secretary the authority to decide which questions are to be included in the Census, which, per the Constitution, must be conducted every decade.
In a statement of his own, Holder said:
We will litigate to stop the Administration from moving forward with this irresponsible decision. The addition of a citizenship question to the census questionnaire is a direct attack on our representative democracy. This question will lower the response rate and undermine the accuracy of the count, leading to devastating, decade-long impacts on voting rights and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding.
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