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Iowa joins lawsuit against Census citizenship question

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New York AG Eric Schneiderman Suing Trump Admin to Block Citizenship Question on Census

Census citizenship question will spark fear in immigrants, Schneiderman says as states file suit

The District, Virginia, Maryland and 15 states filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from adding a last-minute citizenship question to the 2020 decennial Census.

"At first glance, this move by the Trump Administration might seem innocuous, but evidence has shown the addition of a citizenship question will depress turnout - resulting in an inaccurate Census count that would hurt Pennsylvania", Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. Data determines each state's number of congressional seats and how to divvy up billions of federal dollars locally. Ted Cruz, stepped up to support a recent decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 USA census, something Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said will help stop voter discrimination.

"Courts have found that this administration has an anti-immigrant animus", Schneiderman said at today's rally, alluding to these cases.

Swanson added, "An accurate count of the population is important to establish the rights and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments".

"The resulting undercount will not only fatally undermine the accuracy of the 2020 Census, but will jeopardize critical federal funding needed by states and localities to provide services and support for millions of residents", the lawsuit adds.

The suit names the Census Bureau and its acting director as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce, which oversees it, and Ross.

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There are many reasons for the U.S. Census every ten years.

Henry Flores, a political scientist and voting rights expert at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, said that if the question generates an undercount, swing districts in the Texas Legislature could become "more solidly safe", for Republicans, despite a growing population of Hispanics, who lean toward Democrats.

Adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census may sound innocuous, but immigrant advocates say it will have a far-reaching impact on all people in the country.

The Trump administration, moreover, allegedly rushed approval of the citizenship question, despite the fact that the Census ordinarily studies proposed changes to its questionnaire for years before moving forward with such a change.

The last time the US Census contained questions regarding citizenship [NPR report] was in 1950. They further allege the policy compromises their ability to comply with constitutional "one man, one vote" standards, which require equal populations among legislative districts. Six cities - Chicago, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. - are also signing on. The defendants were the U.S. Department of Commerce, responsible for the census, and the Bureau of the Census.

One study on the possible outcomes of asking about citizens' status suggested that more than 24 million individuals could avoid taking part in the Census itself if such a question is presented.

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