Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census

Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate gears up for Green New Deal vote Senate GOP proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats Overnight Energy: Green New Deal vote set to test Dem unity | Renewables on track to phase out coal, study finds | EPA chief reportedly recuses himself from mine review 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 TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' 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 RossThe Hill's 12:30 Report: O'Rourke jumps into 2020 fray 'Marie Antoinette' activist attends House hearing to protest Trump Commerce chief The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Senate GOP clash over Yemen, border security 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.