Census

States and Cities File Lawsuit Against The Census Citizenship Question

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a large group of states have followed through on their pledge to challenge the citizenship question added to the 2020 census by the Commerce Department and they've also been joined by a group of city governments and mayors.

Here's the list via NPR:

The states joining New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington. The cities are: Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Seattle, and San Francisco, plus the United States Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group.

I figured at least a few Republican-controlled states would join the lawsuit against the decision and more than a few are in the mix. The governors of Iowa, Maryland, Illinois, New Mexico, and Vermont are Republicans although they may not necessarily agree with the actions of their respective attorneys general. If any of them strongly disagree, however, they haven't screeched about it yet.

The lawsuit contends that adding a citizenship question will prevent the federal government from living up to its "constitutional responsibility" of counting every person in the United States. The Trump regime is probably going to say it won't lower response rates, but we already know Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross overruled careers officials at the census bureau who say it will.

This lawsuit falls under the jurisdiction of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in New York City.

  • muselet

    There is no rational justification for a citizenship question on the census. There’s a partisan political justification, but that should be irrelevant.

    Besides which, I’m old enough to remember when outraged Righties screamed themselves hoarse because the Obama administration dared to ask questions beyond the number of people in a household (some of the more unhinged even threatened to visit physical violence on census workers who dared trespass to ask for information beyond that).

    Kudos to those entities suing the Department of Commerce over this.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, le sigh…

  • This question will hurt Arizona as well. They should have joined the lawsuit but they won’t because conservatives here have no problem with shooting themselves in the foot.

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