NY AG files suit to block citizenship question in 2020 Census

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 Census.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice requested the Census Bureau demand citizenship information in the 2020 Census form. 

The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was led by Attorney General Schneiderman and joined by the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia; the cities of New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, and Seattle; and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Schneiderman says the citizenship information would depress turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threaten the states’ fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College, and billions of dollars in federal funds for education,  infrastructure, Medicaid, and more.

According to the office, the lawsuit filed is brought under the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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