NY state is leading a group of 17 states in a lawsuit to try to remove a new citizenship question from the 2020 census questionnaire. The District of Columbia uses U.S. Census information to draw ward, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and voting precinct boundaries.
Minnesota is one of 17 states and seven cities that filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Schneiderman noted in the release that one of the U.S. federal government's most solemn obligations is to provide a fair and accurate count of all people in the United States, citizen and non-citizen alike.
Courts "usually have been respectful of these sorts of deadlines", said Robert M. Groves, the provost at Georgetown University and a director of the census during the Obama administration. In 2020, the Trump administration wants to demand citizenship info, 18 states answer is no way!
Asking such a question, the lawsuit alleges, would depress participation in states with large immigrant populations, undermining the accuracy of the census.
"Decisions to change questions on the decennial census typically take several years to test, evaluate, and implement", the lawsuit claims, pointing to the Trump administration taking less than four months to add the question.
The census count also determines the number of seats in the House of Representatives given to each state, which means that districts with immigrant populations would be underrepresented and any redistricting for Congressional and state legislative districts would be skewed. Remember, it's always about power and money! "I'm proud to stand with Attorney General Schneiderman in opposition to this politically motivated, wrongheaded decision".
"Jeff Sessions has not brought one case under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act since he's been attorney general", Schneiderman said.
"It's not only immigrants who are going to suffer", U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., said.
The Information Quality Act requires the federal Office of Management and Budget to "issue guidance to federal agencies created to ensure the 'quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity' of information disseminated to the public".
Mandated by the Constitution, the decennial census is conducted every year ending in a zero.
President Donald Trump's vocal disdain for immigrants, citizens or not, has only made that worse.