L.A. County Will Join Lawsuit Over 2020 Census Question
Los Angeles County will file or join an amicus brief opposing the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census. The item was introduced by Supervisor Hilda Solis and passed on a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas absent.
The supervisors believe the question’s inclusion -- a first since 1950 -- could dissuade undocumented immigrants from filling it out for fear of deportation. Consequently, the county could lose some of the $400 billion in federal funding it receives on the basis of U.S. census data, not to mention the possible impact on the apportionment of congressional seats.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the change last week, citing the DOJ’s stated need to help enforce the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Democrats believe there is a hidden agenda at play.
A lawsuit has already been filed by New York on behalf of 17 states, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. California filed a separate suit last week.