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ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL FILES BRIEF OPPOSING ADDITION OF CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO 2020 CENSUS

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL FILES BRIEF OPPOSING ADDITION OF CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO 2020 CENSUS

Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with a coalition of 18 states, 16 local governments and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, filed a merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case challenging the federal government’s attempt to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. Attorney General Raoul released the following statement:

“Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census seeks to intimidate, suppress and undercount immigrant and minority populations,” Raoul said. “I am committed to protecting not only the rights of these populations, but also the integrity of the census. The effects of this politically-driven act would be felt for decades to come.”

In January 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the New York Attorney General’s office in a lawsuit to block the federal government from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 Census. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case in April 2019. The initial lawsuit was filed in April 2018. New York is leading a coalition of 18 states, 16 local governments, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in this case. The multistate and local government suit was consolidated with a case brought by multiple non-profit groups.

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