Minnesota Joins Lawsuit Challenging Citizenship Question

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The response was swift.  As soon as the Commerce Secretary announced his census citizenship recommendation plans to sue to stop it were announced (Washington Post). Members of the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership immediately contacted Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to urge the state to join the suit. On March 29 Swanson’s office announced plans to do so (Star Tribune). The suit was filed on April 3 (Star Tribune and NPR)

In a separate action, the NCAAP filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's approach to preparing for the 2020 Census (Washington Post). This lawsuit was in the works before the Trump Administration's decision to add a citizenship question. The lawsuit addresses the impact of Congress' unpredictable and lagging funding on creating barriers for people of color to participate in the census.

According to national advocates, other legal challenges can be anticipated.

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