Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday said the Trump administration should be "ashamed of themselves" for moving forward with their intent to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The Commerce Department announced Monday night it would indeed ask census takers if they are citizens, the first time since 1950 it would appear on the census.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the move a "dog whistle tactic" for President Donald Trump to fundraise ahead of his 2020 reelection campaign.
"The Trump administration's late night announcement of a new citizenship question violates the clear constitutional mandate to provide an accurate count of all people living in the United States," Pelosi's statement Tuesday reads. "This detrimental change will inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities, and cause traditionally undercounted communities to be even further under-represented, financially excluded and left behind.
"It is disturbing that the President pushed this decision as a dog-whistle tactic to raise funds for his campaign committee."
Several states have already reacted with pledges to block the addition of the question to the census, including California.
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