Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and the Government Reform Committee want President Donald Trump's administration officials to provide a reason for placing a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, The Hill reported.
Ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and five other committee members requested documents before an April 11 briefing with the agencies, in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and acting director of the Census Bureau, Ron Jarmin, the report said.
The members said they wanted any analyses of the impact a citizenship question would have on census results, as well as any concerns the Census Bureau had about putting the question on the census form, The Hill reported.
Citizenship has not been a census question since 1950.
The other members signing the letter were Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney-N.Y., William Lacy Clay, Mo., Gerald Connolly, Va., Jimmy Gomez, Calif., and D.C. congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the report said.
If the question appears on the census, it could result in millions of people neglecting to fill out the form altogether, a Brookings Institution analysis reported.
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