If Trump Is Allowed to Rig the Census, Then All of US Democracy Is Rigged

A new battle is brewing over the 2020 US census. At least 12 states are moving to sue the Trump administration over plans to add a question about citizenship to the upcoming census. Voting rights activists fear the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census, leading to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. This could impact everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. On Tuesday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the decision to add a citizenship question was “necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters.” At least five former directors of the Census Bureau, who served under Republican and Democratic presidents, have written a letter opposing the citizenship question.

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AMY GOODMAN: A new battle is brewing over the 2020 US census. At least 12 states are moving to sue the Trump administration over plans to add one question: “Are you a US citizen?” Voting rights activists fear the question on the upcoming census will deter immigrants from participating in the census, leading to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. This could impact everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. This is California’s Attorney General Becerra.

ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA: By including a citizenship question, which will diminish response rates, the census will not be able to fulfill its constitutional duty to count everyone.

AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said the decision to add a citizenship question was, quote, “necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters.”

PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: The purpose is to determine individuals that are here. It also helps to comply with the Voting Rights Act.

AMY GOODMAN: At least five former directors of the Census Bureau, who served under Republican and Democratic presidents, have written…

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