TO DOJ: JUSTIFY CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION
Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics
By John Toscano
Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-Chair of the House Census Caucus, and Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led a letter of all Oversight Committee Democrats requesting that the Department of Justice produce documents to explain why and how the department requested that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census.
In the letter to John Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the members wrote, “Despite DOJ’s assertions, the justification for the addition of a citizenship question remains unclear. In a briefing on April 11, 2018, Acting Director Jarmin informed members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that the Census Bureau simply accepted DOJ’s request at face value and conducted no analysis to determine whether the justification was valid. The DOJ has not deemed it ‘critical’ to include a citizenship question on the decennial census to enforce voter protections since the Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965, and it is unclear what circumstances have changed.”