California Attorney General Xavier Beerra said at the end of Monday that he had filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its decision to include the issue of citizenship in the 2020 census.
“We are ready to do everything we need to protect California from an incomplete census The inclusion of the issue of citizenship in the 2020 census is not only a bad idea, it is illegal,” Bezerra said in a statement.
Trade Minister Wilbur Ross announced his decision to restore the issue of citizenship on the Department of Commerce website, despite strong opposition from Democrats in recent weeks.
The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions insisted on including the issue, arguing that it would allow the Department to more effectively enforce the Voting Rights Act.
A few hours before the decision was announced, an article written by Bezerra and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla was published, claiming that this problem would disproportionately affect California, in which there are several large immigrant communities.
However, Democrats have expressed concern that adding the question will result in an inaccurate population count, since it will prevent some immigrants from completing the questionnaire, given the illegal persecution of Trump authorities against these people in the country.
Several lawmakers voted against the announcement Monday night.
Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Used the announcement to promote the bill, which he and other Democratic senators introduced, that would prohibit the census from asking about citizenship or immigration status.
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