By Tara Bahrampour | The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — In the weeks since the Commerce Department announced plans to add a controversial question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, immigrant advocates have warned it will depress the decennial count among non-citizens and their families, who may fear filling out the survey.
But a federal suit seeking to block the question aims to show how it would affect a broad swath of people — including U.S. citizens — living in areas that have a high proportion of immigrants and minorities and are vulnerable to being undercounted.
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Plaintiffs in the suit, which is backed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, include Maryland residents such as Robyn Kravitz, whose 12-year-old son needs mental health services provided through Title 1 funds to schools with more low-income students; Nnabugwu Nwosu, who drives on heavily-congested local roads and sends his child to a Title 1-funded school; and Joanne Wilson, whose children don’t walk to school because there are no sidewalks, and who drives on roads riddled with potholes. Funding for Title 1 and transportation infrastructure is based on decennial Census data.
The suit, filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, named these families as well as two plaintiffs in Arizona to illustrate how the services they receive through federal funding could be reduced if not enough people in their area fill out the census survey in 2020. Last week 12 more plaintiffs, including residents of Nevada, Texas, and Florida and two more in Maryland and Arizona, were added; all but one are U.S. citizens.
The lawsuit is being coordinated by the National Redistricting Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with …read more
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