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5 Dem senators ask administration not to include citizenship question on census

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Five Democratic Senators asked the Trump administration on Friday to reject a request from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. 

“The inclusion of a question on citizenship threatens to undermine the accuracy of the Census as a whole, and given this administration’s rhetoric and actions relating to immigrants and minority groups, the DOJ request is deeply troubling,” the senators wrote in a letter addressed to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. 

Signatories include Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Tom Carper (Del.), Brian Schatz (Hawaii) and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)

{mosads}The letter went on to say the question could depress census turnout due to fear the government could use the information against participants. 

“This chilling effect could lead to broad inaccuracies across the board, from how congressional districts are drawn to how government funds are distributed,” the letter reads. 

“Rather than preserve civil rights, as the Justice Department claims, a question on citizenship in the decennial census would very likely hinder a full and accurate accounting of this nation’s population.”

The letter comes after reports surfaced late last month that the DOJ had asked the Census Bureau to include the question on the 2020 Census.

A spokesperson for the Census Bureau said the “request will go through the well-established process that any potential question would go through.”

Speculation had swirled in recent months that the Trump administration was planning to include an immigration-related question in the census.

Tags 2020 Census Brian Schatz Catherine Cortez Masto Dianne Feinstein Donald Trump Immigration Tom Carper Wilbur Ross
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