For the first time since 1950, Trump wants to add a question to the 2020 Census which asks about citizenship.
The census was designed to count the number of people living in the United States, regardless of immigration status or citizenship, and uses that data to inform decisions from government spending to allocation of House seats and electoral votes. If undocumented immigrants are less likely to respond to the census, they are disenfranchised, which is exactly the goal.
That’s why the within a day, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit to challenge the citizenship question as unconstitutional. The Constitution calls for “actual enumeration” of the population in every state and Becerra’s lawsuit argues that this question violates the requirement of “actual enumeration.” And Becerra’s in good company--New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of the states of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington. That lawsuit has also been joined by the District of Columbia, and as well as the cities of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, and Seattle.
All-of-us must stop Trump from using the census to take political power away from immigrants.
1 Take less than 1 minute and 37 seconds to watch this video which describes why the citizenship question will change political power in the GOP’s favor.
2 Call your attorney general and ask him/her to stand with the other AGs who have sued the administration. Use this script from our friends at Indivisible.
Caller: Hello! My name is and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask Attorney General to join the multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
Staffer: Thank you for your call. I will pass this along to the Attorney General.
Caller: Yes, please do. 11 states have already sued and [your state] should be next. The citizenship question will completely undermine the Census and lead to a severe undercount, which will have detrimental effects on redistricting and the allocation of federal funds. This is also a direct threat to our immigrant communities that we must protect against.