If you’re thinking “meh, what’s the big deal?” There’s already a lawsuit happening. That’s the big deal.
President Trump has decided to bring back the citizenship question to the 2020 census, a question that hasn’t been there since 1950. The state of California, in turn, will be filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration because of the question.
According to CNN, the U.S. Census Bureau says the question was added again because “it was needed to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.”
In a statement, the Commerce Department said “[t]he citizenship question will be the same as the one that is asked on the yearly American Community Survey,” and will follow the model established by a similar question asked on “almost every decennial census” between 1820 and 1950.
According to the Washington Post California filed a lawsuit against the administration claiming:
“It is long settled that all persons residing in the United States — citizens and non-citizens alike — must be counted to fulfill the Constitution’s ‘actual Enumeration’ mandate.”
Something tells me that the census isn’t going to be too accurate this time around.