California Sues Over Trump’s Census Citizenship Question

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Commerce Department announced late last night that it would add a citizenship question to the upcoming census for the first time since 1950, but states aren't going to just sit by and watch federal resources and representation fly out the window.

California became the first state to challenge the decision in court last night which state Attorney General Xavier Becerra calls "illegal."

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla trashed the move as anti-immigrant.

"The citizenship question is the latest attempt by President Trump to stoke the fires of anti-immigrant hostility," Padilla said in a statement. "Now, in one fell swoop, the US Commerce Department has ignored its own protocols and years of preparation in a concerted effort to suppress a fair and accurate census count from our diverse communities. The administration's claim that it is simply seeking to protect voting rights is not only laughable, but contemptible."

Yes, as Becerra points out, the Trump regime is claiming they must add a citizenship question to protect minority voters.

There is literally no one in the world who sincerely believes that.

California is the first state the challenge the decision, but they won't be the last. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is also planning to lead a multi-state lawsuit against it and it would not necessarily be surprising if at least one or two Republican-controlled states join or file their own lawsuits.

I don't expect Texas under attorney general and indicted fraudster Ken Patxon will challenge it, but they should. Aside from California, Texas may have more to lose than any other state if undocumented people are not counted.

Republican state governments may hate immigrants, but if humans present in their state are not counted the whole state could suffer the economic consequences. Fewer humans means fewer federal resources, relief, tax breaks, education, representation, and everything in between.

They'll have to ask themselves if they hate immigrants more than they love the rest of their people. The answer could (probably) be yes. Racism is a hell of a drug.

  • David Greenberg

    Just watched Wilbur Ross give an interview. The steaming turds and the dregs of humanity that comprise this ”administration “ can’t even lie convincingly. My intellect tells me to stop paying attention to this shit show, but I am drawn on like a moth to a flame.

  • Draxiar

    This also sounds like it could be an attempt at a federal loophole around sanctuary cities.

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  • muselet

    Xavier Becerra and Alex Padilla are right to oppose this. Using the census to score political points is, well, contemptible.

    Charlie Pierce was in fine form this morning:

    The country stopped asking the citizenship question on the census in 1950, before I was born. Things have rocked right along swimmingly without it. But now it’s all blended in with the general conservative attack on the franchise and the sudden conservative devotion to the rigged wheel on election day, so it’s time for the question to make a comeback.

    After all, this is the administration* that tried to put a guy in charge of the census who wrote a paper about why competitive elections are bad for America, and also one that refused to hire non-citizen census takers. So it’s pretty clear that they woke Wilbur [Ross] up as part of an ongoing attempt to use the census to ratfck upcoming elections.

    [link omitted]

    This is one more day when I feel proud to be a Californian.