AG Ferguson to sue Trump Administration over Census citizenship question

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Published on October 5, 2019 -

AG Ferguson to sue Trump Administration over Census citizenship question

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that he will join a multi-state coalition to sue the Trump Administration over its decision to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 U.S. Census.

KXLY4's Aaron Luna reports.


AG Ferguson to sue Trump Administration over Census citizenship question

Nightside anchor aaron luna is here with what's new and now at six o'clock.

The question..

Are you a citizen?

On the has sparked multi-state law suites against the trump administration..

The commerce department announced the change yesterday..

And today washington us attorney general bob ferguson announced he would join a coalition of states suing to have it removed.

The census is meant to count total population -- not just u-s citizens.it informs decisions on things like federal funding, children's health insurance and congressional districts.

Ferguson said the question would undermine the census' constitutional mandate-- to create an acurate count of everyone in the us..

For fear that many immigrants would not want to participate because of that question..

Resulting in less federal funding - for states with high immigration populations.the secretary of commerce wrote in a letter monday, that the d.o.j.

Asked for this data, sarah sander, white house pres secretary."we've contained this question that has provided data that's necessary for the department of justice to protect voters and specifically to help us better comply with the voting rights act which is something that is important and a part of this process."

Leaders from states with a smaller proportion of non-citizens - like pennsylvania - say the change could help them gain congressional seats.

The citizenship question has not been on the full census since the 19-50's

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