Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said the question of citizenship hasn't been included in the Census since the 1950's.
All U.S. residents are required under the U.S. Constitution to be counted every 10 years.
A "who's who" of NY politics were also on hand at Tuesday's announcement to highlight how the census results determine where $700 billion of federal funding goes. Nearly 5 million immigrants live in the state, and it's estimated that about two-thirds are noncitizens - legal permanent residents, immigrants with another form of legal status, or undocumented immigrants. But critics say that data is already available. "We are suing to ensure a fair and accurate Census that counts everyone".
Ever since Ross announced his March 26 decision to include the citizenship question on the census, Democrats, civil rights groups, and others have expressed concern that non-citizens would not participate, causing an undercount of the population that would particularly affect urban areas, which is where immigrants tend to live.
Supporters of the plan for the 2020 census argue that obtaining more data on the voting-age population of citizens than current surveys are providing will help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights.
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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). They know exactly what they are doing with this citizenship question. "This is a brazen attempt by the Trump administration to cheat on the census", Rep.
"His Twitter account is the gift that keeps on giving, as far as lawyers are concerned", he said.
The lawsuit also cites the American Statistical Association's opposition to including the questions, lest they deter enough respondents to compromise the validity of the census.
They fear these risks are magnified by the administration's hawkish immigration positions, which could incentivize non-citizens to lie on census forms or avoid the process altogether. "When residents are not counted for any reason, our resources and representation suffer, and our community suffers".
In Iowa, the lawsuit claims, even a 1 percent undercount would cost the state $38 million in Medicaid funding. "This maneuver will not withstand constitutional scrutiny". Between 2000 and 2014, Seattle's immigrant population grew 20% compared to 14% for the overall population.