With North Carolina's growing immigrant population, advocates say adding a citizenship question will result in an inaccurate count of the people in the state.
As Snopes put it in their explainer on the subject: "It won't be the first time people are required to divulge their citizenship status on a USA census form, but it will be the first time since 1950 that everyone is required to do so". Ted Cruz, stepped up to support a recent decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 USA census, something Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said will help stop voter discrimination.
Seventeen states including Iowa, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the USA government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.
"The goal of the US census is to count every person living in this country, regardless of immigration status, so the government can most effectively serve the people".
"They're throwing away decades of proven practice by demanding that people responding to this census disclose their citizenship status", Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman led a group of 18 attorneys general in the lawsuit which argues that the citizenship inquiry would result in "irreparable harm". They know exactly what they are doing with this citizenship question. The Commonwealth could lose more seats if the Census fails to count all citizens and non-citizens.
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The lawsuit asserts that adding the question violates the mandate in the U.S. Constitution to conduct an "actual Enumeration" every 10 years to determine "the whole number of persons" in the United States, and calls the survey "one of the most critical constitutional functions our federal government performs".
The latter statute prohibits federal agencies from making arbitrary policy changes without public input.
In 2005 the Census Bureau started the American Community Survey, an annual survey sent to about 3.5 million households each year.
One of Trump's most frequent courtroom adversaries, Schneiderman has gone toe-to-toe against the president before in opposing the travel ban and shuttering the immigration initiative Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
"It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide ranging impacts it will have on US policy", Cruz said in a recent statement.
In addition to NY and OR, other plaintiffs include the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington state, and the District of Columbia. The cities joining the suits are Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Seattle, and San Francisco, plus the United States Conference of Mayors. It hasn't happened and will not happen, as the U.S. Census Bureau has stated that individual data will not be released.