Los Angeles, other cities join lawsuit over census question
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is joining California’s lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plan to ask people if they are U.S. citizens during the 2020 census.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that in addition to the city and county of Los Angeles, the cities of Stockton, Fremont, Long Beach and Oakland would also be joining the suit he filed earlier this year.
Becerra argues that including a citizenship question “threatens all of us” because it could drive down participation and lead to an inaccurate count.
The census has not collected citizenship data from the whole population since 1950.
The Justice Department has said the reinstatement of the citizenship question “will allow the department to protect the right to vote and ensure free and fair elections for all Americans.”