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Trump Administration Creates Census Crisis With Move to Suppress Immigrant Responses

A copy of the 2010 census form. Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield/AP

A new question about US citizenship will sabotage the census, civil rights groups say.

The 2020 census will include a question about US citizenship for the first time since 1950, the Commerce Department announced Monday night. Civil rights groups say the question will massively depress responses from immigrants fearful of deportation and could sabotage the entire census.

The move sets up a huge legal and political battle over one of the most important tasks mandated by the Constitution. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former US Attorney General Eric Holder have already announced their intention to sue the Trump administration over the new question. Democratic members of Congress have also said they will introduce legislation to block the new question.

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