Dems want Ross to clarify origins of citizenship question

July 24, 2018 - 6:36 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers want Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to clarify where a citizenship question on the 2020 census originated after newly released documents show he sought such a question early in Donald Trump's presidency.

The Trump administration's decision to ask people about their citizenship has set off worries among Democrats that immigrants will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation and robbing some communities of federal dollars.

Ross told lawmakers in March that "The Department of Justice, as you know, initiated the request for inclusion of the citizenship question."

But records produced for a lawsuit show that Ross was complaining nearly 11 months earlier that he was "mystified why nothing have been done in response to my months-old request that we include the citizenship question. Why not?"

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