At least 12 US states say they will sue the administration of President Donald Trump over a decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
The decision by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Federal to add the question was announced on Monday amid concerns that the change will compromise the accuracy of the population count.
The Trump administration supported the move by saying the question was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act, which depends on accurate estimates of voting-eligible populations.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the decision to collect citizenship data through the decennial census was “necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters.”
“I think that it is going to determine the individuals in our country, and provide information that allows us to comply with our own laws and with our own procedures,” she said.
On Tuesday, the New York State attorney general,…