Schumer: Courts should block Trump's census citizenship question
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Schumer cites security, DHS ban in questioning TSA use of TikTok Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped the Trump administration's decision to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census and urged the courts to overturn the move. 
“The census, written about and hallowed in the Constitution, is being distorted by this administration for political purposes. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE and Secretary Ross should be ashamed of themselves. Hopefully the courts will correct this glaring abuse," he said in a statement, referring to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis Ross2020 census to run ads on 'Premio lo Nuestro' Can the US slap tariffs on auto imports? Not anymore On The Money: Slowing economy complicates 2020 message for Trump | Tech confronts growing impact of coronavirus | Manufacturing rises after five-month contraction MORE.

The Commerce Department announced the decision on Monday evening over strong objections of Democrats, marking the first time it will be included in the census since 1950.

Democratic attorneys general in several states as well as progressive outside groups have pledged to bring legal action against the decision.

And Democratic lawmakers in Congress have condemned the decision as politically motivated and warned it will alienate immigrant communities after Trump's hardline rhetoric during the champaign. 
House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill MORE (D-Calif.) called it a "a dog-whistle tactic." Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE (D-Calif.) said the administration was turning the census into a "political football." 
"Adding a question designed to depress participation in certain communities is an assault on the foundations of this country. Given President Trump’s toxic rhetoric and aggressive policies toward immigrants, it’s clear his administration wants to include this question to discourage participation in immigrant communities," she said. 
Feinstein added that she would "work with California’s leaders to have this citizenship question removed from the census.”
A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation last week that would prohibit questions on citizenship or immigration status from being included on the census. House Democrats announced on Tuesday that they would file similar legislation. 
Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe MORE (D-Ill.) added that "politics has no place in the census, but this administration will stop at nothing to push its anti-immigrant agenda." 
But with Republicans in control of Congress, including over what gets a vote in both chambers, Democrats have limited options if they want to undo Trump's actions through legislation. A mammoth government funding bill, which would have been one of their best legislative leverage points, passed last week.