With that being said, the 2010 Census is what triggered the last "reapportionment" of the House of Representatives based on a "head count" and not of legal residents, as the citizenship question was removed by the previous administration.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said the census is used to establish congressional seats and distribution of an estimated $700 billion dollars per year in federal payments.
In Massachusetts, state law requires that local censuses from cities and towns ask residents for their nationality if they're not U.S. citizens.
"I share the concerns of these former Census Directors - who served under presidents from both parties", Attorney General Shapiro said.
Swanson added, "An accurate count of the population is important to establish the rights and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments". "It will undermine the accuracy of the census, result in the loss of federal funds for Maryland and deprive our state of fair representation in Congress". Yet demanding citizenship information in the census is expected to reduce participation among immigrants and could cause a population undercount, which would disproportionately harm states with large immigrant communities, according to a news release from Rosenblum's office. The census has not asked all USA households about citizenship since 1950.
Several states are planning to take President Donald Trump to court over his administration's decision to ask a controversial question on the upcoming 2020 Census.
Doing so could skew the official count, as undocumented immigrants may avoid the process altogether or may wrongly state that they are citizens.
Adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census may sound innocuous, but immigrant advocates say it will have a far-reaching impact on all people in the country. A few months later, the Census Bureau itself published a memorandum warning that "fears, particularly among immigrant respondents, have increased markedly this year" and that such fears "have implications for data quality and nonresponse".
A spokesman for the Commerce Department declined to give an on-the-record comment on the lawsuit. It also states that the new question violates the Administrative Procedure Act and does not follow the Census Bureau's standards for accepting new questions.