Ocasio-Cortez: 'I want to know about the racism' involved with census citizenship question

 Ocasio-Cortez: 'I want to know about the racism' involved with census citizenship question
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (D-N.Y.) said she wants to know about the "racism" behind the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census during a contempt hearing for Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHouse panel, Commerce Department reach agreement on census documents China sanctions Wilbur Ross, others after US warns of doing business in Hong Kong DOJ won't prosecute Wilbur Ross after watchdog found he gave false testimony MORE

The New York Democrat referenced documents recently made public that allege that a Republican strategist conducted a study in 2015 showing that adding the question would harm Democrats and Hispanic communities, while helping Republicans and white, non-Hispanic communities.

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“I want to know why this question was magically added after we have seen that a political operative knew and detailed an intent to intimidate racial and immigrant communities for a partisan purpose, saying this will hurt Democrats and help Republicans,” she said. 

“I want to know about the racism and the very disturbing history that we’re seeing here,” she added. 

Ocasio-Cortez also questioned involvement of figures such as Stephen Bannon and immigration hard-liner Kris Kobach in adding the question to the census. 

She said that congressional questions were resulting in "stonewalling" and a "lack of answers." 

President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over some documents on adding the question to the census, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The Commerce Department also notified House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.) that Trump had asserted executive privilege over some of its subpoenaed documents.