California and the Trump administration are finding themselves at odds once again. The left leaning state wasted no time filing a lawsuit against the current President’s administration over a question that is set to appear on the 2020 United States census.
The United States issues a census every few years. A census gives a fairly accurate count of how many citizens are in the nation, where they live, and gives the government an idea of what needs to be done for each community. The 2020 census questions were recently released, one of which the state of California was quick to jump on, weather or not the person taking the census questions was a citizen of the United States. This question did once appear on the United States census, but was removed around 1950 and has not been back in place until this most recent census questionnaire was released.
California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, recently stated that she found the question to not just be alarming but an unconstitutional attempt to gain an accurate census count. The state listed in their lawsuit that they believe that this question will likely make people more wary and less likely to fill out the survey which will lead to undercounts. It is believed that in some areas where there are large undocumented immigrant populations, this could cause huge undercounts which provides very skewed data. Likewise, a serious undercount could even go so far as to cost the state seats in Congress, electoral college votes in presidential elections and federal funding, all of which are based off the population of the state.
California believes, weather citizen or undocumented immigrant, every person must be accurately counted to fulfill the actual Enumeration mandate in the United States Constitution, and their lawsuit states as much. Eric Holder, who previously served as a United States Attorney General, now heads the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and stated that his group also plans to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. He also noted that he firmly believes that it is a direct attack on democracy. For more information on this topic, click here.