Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census

Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census
© Greg Nash

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet 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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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 RossBannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ House panel, Commerce Department reach agreement on census documents China sanctions Wilbur Ross, others after US warns of doing business in Hong Kong 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.