According to the New York Times, at least 12 US states will sue the Trump administration over the possibility of a citizenship question being added to the 2020 census. The states are worried that illegal aliens will not respond to the census out of fear of an ICE raid.
The purpose of the US census is to determine demographic data which is used to redraw congressional districts as well as determine how federal funds are distributed.
The list of states suing the federal government includes many of the typical suspects, California, Massachusetts, Delaware, and New Jersey as well as, most regrettably, Pennsylvania.
If state populations have low census return rates, they receive less federal funding and potentially even less congressional representation. States with high illegal immigrant populations are therefore expected to respond negatively to any census change which would affect return rates.
The 12 states intend to frame their case as though they are being targeted by the federal government, but it was these states who chose to institute policies which attracted illegal immigrants in the first place.
In many cases these are states with “sanctuary” policies which impede the operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Certainly having federal assistance and representation diluted by illegal immigrant populations is regrettable for any citizens of affected states, but the major problem is still the presence of the immigrants and the state governments which are a party to their violation of federal immigration law.
The idea that the Census should be prohibited from obtaining relevant data because of a governmental inability to enforce the law is one more example of the increasing third-worldization of the country that proceeds from uncontrolled immigration.