It also states that the new question violates the Administrative Procedure Act and does not follow the Census Bureau's standards for accepting new questions.
Seventeen Democratic state attorneys general and seven cities joined the lawsuit, as well as the United States Conference of Mayors, which represents 1,400 cities with both Republican and Democratic leaders.
"We believe everyone should be counted".
The lawsuit also emphasizes the irreparable harm that will result from inaccuracies in the 2020 Census caused by demanding citizenship information.
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.
Stein said asking such a question would diminish Census turnout in states with large immigrant populations, like North Carolina. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said the citizenship question could undermine residents. Hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are directly tied to demographic information obtained through the census, including the Highway Trust Fund and other Department of Transportation grants, Child Care Development Grants, and Medicaid. An undercount would significantly affect the funding.More news: Prince Charles and Camilla touch down in Brisbane for Australian tour
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Sections of the complaint outline the federal grants received by the states based on census data, including a total of $527 million to OR between 2015 and 2017 for highways, child care development, and urbanized area formula grants.
This process seems so lopsided when you consider that California now has fifty-three (53) delegates based on a population that has 2.6 million undocumented residents (illegals) or 7 percent of its total population.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office disputed the idea the change would hurt Iowa. "And it's got to be stopped", she said of the citizenship question.
As Snopes put it in their explainer on the subject: "It won't be the first time people are required to divulge their citizenship status on a US census form, but it will be the first time since 1950 that everyone is required to do so".
If a Census questionnaire isn't returned, government employees seek out people personally. "As state Attorneys General we are committed to making sure every voice is heard, and we believe that every person in America counts".
The stakes are high for the Beaver State: Oregon stands to gain a seat in Congress if current population estimates hold. According to the lawsuit, almost a quarter of households in NY state did not return their 2010 census questionnaire, requiring an in-person follow-up. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced last Tuesday Washington would join 17 other states, including OR, in the suit.