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Monday, July 02, 2018

CAPAC is Asking for Sec. Ross to Explain Contradictory Stories about Addition of Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

CAPAC Members Chu, Maloney, Gomez lead 53 Members in Asking for Sec. Ross to Explain Contradictory Stories about Addition of Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, D.C– Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Members Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), along with 53 of their colleagues, on Thursday requested that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explain the contradictory and misleading statements he and other Trump Administration staffers made regarding the decision to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census.
In the letter the members ask the secretary to address the “glaring contradictions between Administration testimonies and recently released internal communications…for the purpose of clarifying the origination, intention, and justification of adding a citizenship question to the census.”
This request is made in light of the supplemental memorandum the Secretary filed on June 21 in the case of States of New York et al. v. United States Department of Commerce et al.. During a March 22 Ways and Means Committee hearing, Rep. Chu asked Secretary Ross about the process of adding the citizenship question to the census, whether it had been tested, and if cost had been factored in. Secretary Ross responded, “Department of Justice, as you know, initiated the request for inclusion of the citizenship question.” But in the June 21 memo, Sec. Ross admitted that Commerce Department staff asked the Department of Justice to make the request.
Congresswoman Maloney is co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the 2020 Census IDEA Act that would prevent last minute additions like the citizenship question from being added to the census.
Full text of the letter below and a PDF can be found here.