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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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." 

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