ROCHESTER, Minn.- Iowa and Minnesota joined 16 other states suing the federal government to block the question of citizenship on the 2020 United States Census.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said the question of citizenship hasn't been included in the Census since the 1950’s.
We spoke to more than 15 people and the opinions ranged from completely against the idea to supporting the question on the Census.
Bradley Craker said he doesn't see the big problem with asking the question.
“The United States has a right to ask the question,” said Craker. “Asking the question is going to help with things like infrastructure.”
Immigration Attorney Carole Pasternak said this could lead to diverse communities being undercounted and underreported.
“They can’t make them fill out the Census information. It may deter them from doing filling it out because they will fill like they have a target on their back.”
The Commerce Department said it would include a question about a person's citizenship status on the 2020 Census.
"The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that a question on citizenship status will be reinstated to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire to help enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Secretary Ross’s decision follows a request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 decennial census."
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