Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census

Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place 2020 Dems say they will visit Homestead facility holding migrant children Warren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' MORE (D-Calif.) accused Republicans of “weaponizing” the 2020 census by including a question about U.S. citizenship, saying the Trump administration is “violating the idea that everyone counts.”

“The census is supposed to get a full and accurate count of the U.S. population,” Harris tweeted on Friday night. “By weaponizing the census, this Administration is violating the idea that everyone counts.”

The senator was responding to a new study in the San Francisco Chronicle which found that her state of California is vulnerable to miss as many 1.6 million people during the next census questionnaire.

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The report from the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California found that many immigrant communities worry about their privacy on the census' new online system, which would create “major concerns about the accuracy of the 2020 Census.”

With 75 percent of Californians belonging to population groups that are normally undercounted in the census — children, young men, Latinos, African-Americans and renters — California risks losing a House seat if the population data is inaccurate.

Many immigrants are also concerned about President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE’s decision to add a question to the U.S. citizenship test for the first time since 1950, the study states. 

The Commerce and Justice departments, meanwhile, have maintained that the question is needed to help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

California was one of several states to take legal action against the Trump administration and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump officials ask Supreme Court to rule on discrimination claims in citizenship question decision Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question Apple in front lines of Trump trade war MORE over the addition of the citizenship question.

It filed a lawsuit earlier this year and a federal judge ruled against the administration's attempts to block the case in August, allowing it to move forward.