AG Ferguson to sue Trump Administration over Census citizenship question
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that he will join a multi-state coalition to sue the Trump Administration over its decision to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 U.S. Census.
Ferguson released the following statement:
“The Census Bureau’s own research reveals asking people about their citizenship status could significantly undermine its Constitutional mandate: an accurate count of everyone in the United States, regardless of immigration status. If Washington state’s large immigrant population isn’t accurately counted, the impact on our Congressional representation and billions of dollars in federal funds our state receives could be jeopardized,” Ferguson said.
I won’t allow the Trump Administration to play politics with the Census at the expense of all Washingtonians.”
In February, Ferguson, along with 18 other Attorneys General and the governor of Colorado, wrote a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, claiming that a question regarding citizenship “would significantly depress participation, causing a population undercount that would disproportionately harm states and cities with large immigrant communities.”
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