Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-09-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Attny Gen'l Lisa Madigan among AGs suing to block census citizenship question
From a news release
2018-04-03

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 17 other attorneys general, six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, today filed a lawsuit to block the federal administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census. Demanding citizenship information would depress Census turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threatening the states' fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as billions of dollars in critical federal funds, including funding for education, infrastructure and Medicaid.

"The Census is a fundamental part of our democracy, and we must encourage every person living in our country to participate, not put up barriers that prevent people from being counted," Madigan said. "I am filing this lawsuit to ensure that immigrants in Illinois are represented fairly and accurately."

On December 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau demand citizenship information in the 2020 census form sent to every household in the country, even though the purpose of the Census is to count every person — citizens and non-citizens alike. The Justice Department argued that the collection of such information was necessary to ensure proper enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But, as Madigan and a coalition of other attorneys general argued in a letter sent to the Commerce Secretary in February, the demand would have precisely the opposite effect by driving down participation in immigrant communities, a concern that is more acute in today's political climate. The resulting undercount would deprive states with significant immigrant communities, like Illinois, of fair representation when legislative seats are apportioned and district lines are drawn.

The lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is brought under the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as this action by federal administration will impede an "actual Enumeration" required by the Constitution. It is also brought under the Administrative Procedure Act, which permits courts to set aside unlawful or arbitrary and capricious agency decisions.

As the Census Bureau's own research shows, the decision to demand citizenship information will "inevitably jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count" by significantly deterring participation in immigrant communities because of concerns about how the federal government will use citizenship information. These concerns are amplified by the administration's anti-immigrant rhetoric and pattern of actions that target immigrant communities.

In 1980, the Census Bureau rejected the addition of a citizenship question, saying, "Any effort to ascertain citizenship will inevitably jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count. Obtaining the cooperation of a suspicious and fearful population would be impossible if the group being counted perceived any possibility of the information being used against them. Questions as to citizenship are particularly sensitive in minority communities and would inevitably trigger hostility, resentment, and refusal to cooperate."

In 2009, all eight former directors of the Census Bureau dating back to 1979 — who served under both Democratic and Republican presidents — affirmed that a citizenship question would depress participation and lead to a significant undercount, undermining the purpose of the Census itself.

As the lawsuit describes, the administration's decision is inconsistent with the Census Bureau's constitutional and statutory obligations, is unsupported by the stated justification, departs from decades of settled practice without reasoned explanation, and fails to consider the availability of alternative data that can effectively serve the federal government's needs.

The lawsuit also emphasizes the irreparable harm that will result from inaccuracies in the 2020 Census caused by demanding citizenship information. Hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are directly tied to demographic information obtained through the census, including the Highway Trust Fund and other Department of Transportation grants, Child Care Development Grants and Medicaid. In addition, inaccurate counts can potentially deprive states of much-needed funds designed to protect low-income and vulnerable communities.

The decennial census is also used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and each plaintiff state relies on population information from the Census Bureau to draw statewide redistricting plans for their Congressional and state legislative districts. Demanding citizenship information would cause disproportionate undercounts in communities with immigrant populations. As a result, an undercount of population in states that are home to large immigrant communities will impair fair representation, a principle fundamental to the fabric of our democracy.

Joining Madigan in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington, as well as the cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, Providence, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors.

A copy of the lawsuit can be found here: www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2018_04/complaint.pdf .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Peaceful assembly protests Rainbow flag burning at Resurrection Catholic Church 2018-09-20 - Ald. Deb Mell ( 33rd Ward ) organized a peaceful assembly Sept. 19 outside Resurrection Catholic Church, 3043 N. Francisco Ave., in response ...


Gay News

Court Rules Wisc. State Employee Health Insurance Must Cover Transgender Workers 2018-09-19 - A federal court found that denying health insurance for gender-affirming medical care violates the Constitution and federal non-discrimination law. The federal lawsuit ...


Gay News

State Dept Cannot Rely on Binary-Only Gender Policy to Deny Passport 2018-09-19 - ( Denver, CO, September 19, 2018 ) — A U.S. District Court Judge today ruled that the U.S. State Department exceeded its authority ...


Gay News

Chicago priest, parishioners burn Rainbow flag in defiance of Archdiocese orders 2018-09-19 - In defiance of a Chicago Archdiocese order, Resurrection Catholic Church Pastor Fr. Paul Kalchik and a number of parishioners cut up and burned ...


Gay News

Crime and Punishment 2018-09-19 - Playwright: Chris Hannan, adapted from Dostoevsky At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; ShatteredGlobe.org; $39. Runs through: ...


Gay News

U.S. District Court Denies Move to End Injunction Blocking Transgender Military Ban 2018-09-19 - RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rejected the Trump-Pence Administration's latest attempt to implement its discriminatory ...


Gay News

WORLD Cuban president, trans athlete, Trinidad and Tobago, Dua Lipa 2018-09-19 - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage, BBC.com reported. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raul Castro in April, said he ...


Gay News

HRC calls for halt to Supreme Court confirmation process 2018-09-16 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the Supreme Court confirmation process ...


Gay News

Court Rules Case Challenging Defense Dept. HIV Discrimination Can Proceed 2018-09-14 - ( Alexandria, VA September 14, 2018 ) — Today, a Virginia federal court ruled a case filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, along ...


Gay News

Federal Court in Michigan Allows Challenge to Discriminatory Adoption to Continue 2018-09-14 - DETROIT — A federal district court in Michigan ruled today that a challenge to the state of Michigan's practice of allowing discrimination against ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.