NC is Counting on Accurate 2020 Census

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Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the USA government yesterday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.

Eighteen states in total, along with a handful of USA cities, are suing the administration over its decision to ask about citizenship in the Census.

The U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years, and is created to help determine how many Congressional seats are allocated to each state.

The Trump administration's decision to ask people about their citizenship has set off worries among Democrats that immigrants will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic and robbing many communities of federal dollars. But critics say that data is already available. Obtaining the cooperation of a suspicious and fearful population would be impossible if the group being counted perceived any possibility of the information being used against them. In 1980, the bureau argued that an immigration question would jeopardize accuracy of the population count.

If this question is left in the 2020 census, areas with large immigrant populations are more likely to be undercounted and lose key federal funding.

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"We have a duty to represent all of the more than 700,000 people who live in Seattle, and without accurate data from the 2020 Census we can not fulfill our responsibilities to adequately protect the health and safety of our community", said Teresa Mosqueda (Citywide, Pos. 8). "This citizenship question is just a scare tactic", Schneiderman said. "Seattle must lead the way forward and fight against any attempts to weaken the 2020 Census process, exacerbate distrust with the government, or harm our ability to serve our population's needs".

"His Twitter account is the gift that keeps on giving, as far as lawyers are concerned", he said.

The Census Bureau announced its decision to add the citizenship inquiry after less than four months of consideration.

The Trump administration plans to ask about participants' citizenship statuses, in violation of precedents that have been set for several decades in the past. "When residents are not counted for any reason, our resources and representation suffer, and our community suffers".

Even a 1 percent undercount in the 2010 census would have resulted in a $23 million loss in federal funds, according to Rosenblum's office. "This maneuver will not withstand constitutional scrutiny", he said. Immigrants account for 9.6 percent of Oregon's population, the suit claims, and in 2014, around 32 percent of immigrants in OR were undocumented. The state received over $953 million in Highway Trust Fund grants, over $131 million in Urbanized Area Formula Grants, and almost $64 million in Child Care Development grants in fiscal year 2015, all based on census data, Herring's office said.