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-CortezPolice say man trespassed into Ocasio-Cortez's office Police say man trespassed into Ocasio-Cortez's office Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment 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 RossDocuments suggest census official, GOP strategist discussed citizenship question: lawsuit Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger 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 John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' 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 CummingsHouse Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens House Democrats question DHS over using facial recognition tech on US citizens Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Md.) that Trump had asserted executive privilege over some of its subpoenaed documents.