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Dem Sens Ask to Exclude Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

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By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 06:36 PM

Five Democratic senators wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asking him to exclude a Department of Justice request to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, The Hill reported Friday.

The lawmakers who wrote the letter were Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California, Tom Carper of Delaware, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada.

"The inclusion of a question on citizenship threatens to undermine the accuracy of the Census as a whole, and given this administration's rhetoric and actions relating to immigrants and minority groups, the DOJ request is deeply troubling," the senators wrote.

The letter explained they feared questions about citizenship posed a "chilling effect" that could ultimately result in "broad inaccuracies across the board, from how congressional districts are drawn to how government funds are distributed."

"Rather than preserve civil rights, as the Justice Department claims, a question on citizenship in the decennial census would very likely hinder a full and accurate accounting of this nation's population," the letter continued.

Late last month, it was reported that the DOJ made the request to Ross in a letter explaining they needed the information to better enforce the Voting Rights Act "and its important protections against racial discrimination in voting."

According to a Census Bureau spokesman, the DOJ request would "go through the well-established process that any potential question would go through."

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Five Democratic senators wrote a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asking him to exclude a Department of Justice request to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, The Hill reported Friday.
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