Pennsylvania Joins Lawsuit To Block Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

A.G. Josh Shapiro says Question Would Impact Response, Federal Funding

Jennifer Bloodworth
April 03, 2018 - 7:10 pm
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HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday he is joining a coalition of state attorneys general and city officials from across the country in filing a lawsuit to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Attorney General Shapiro told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Tuesday his effort is not driven by politics, but by the law.

“I think attorneys general are above politics and we are for the rule of law and making sure the Census is done the way it’s supposed to be done according to the Constitution, which doesn’t call for a counting of citizens. It calls for a counting of people within the borders of Pennsylvania.”

One of the primary reasons opponents on both sides of the aisle are coming out against the question is depressed turnout.

“When that response is depressed and fewer people are counted in Pennsylvania that means fewer federal dollars will flow to us. That’s everything from food stamps to highway funding, which relies on Census data in order to calculate the fair share of each state.”

Attorney General Shapiro says 3.5% of Pennsylvania’s population is taxpaying immigrants and studies indicate the citizenship question will reduce turnout.

The coalition claims the manner in which Trump’s administration has added the question violates the law.

The last time the question of citizenship was asked was on the 1950 Census.