Schneiderman is leading a coalition of 18 total attorneys general, representing Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, North Carolina and more, in the effort to stop the administration from demanding such citizenship information.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said the question of citizenship hasn't been included in the Census since the 1950's.
Chicago joined a coalition of USA cities and state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 census, its mayor announced on Tuesday.
"I am proud to join other cities and states in this lawsuit to require the federal government to follow the Constitution and count everyone fairly", said City Attorney Holmes. "Mayors of both parties have long contested that previous censuses have undercounted cities, limiting the federal resources that their communities deserve", he said. Yet despite these findings, the Trump administration is going forward with asking individuals if they're a US citizen or not.Читайте также: South Africans saddened by death of #WinnieMandela
Schneiderman says an undercount threatens billions in federal funding for NY and fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College. "It will undermine the accuracy of the Census, result in the loss of federal funds for Maryland and deprive our state of fair representation in Congress".
State Sen. Phil Berger questioned the lawsuit on Facebook saying, "It seems like common sense that the U.S. Census Bureau has every right to know if you are an American citizen, a legal immigrant, or an illegal alien when taking a count of residents in each state".
The lawsuit filed today is brought under the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as this action by the Trump administration will impede an "actual Enumeration" required by the Constitution. "Census Bureau directors appointed by presidents of both political parties have not included a question about citizenship since 1950 - almost seven decades ago - out of concern that it would result in an inaccurate count". By constitutional mandate, the census must count all persons. "We would lose billions of dollars in federal aid because education money, transportation money, health money is all tied to the census, what the population is". More than a dozen states have sued the administration to block the addition.
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