Attorney General James Leads Fight Against Trump Administration's Attempts to Reduce Census Efforts

Posted to Applied Web NY on Tue, 09/01/2020 - 09:29

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced she has led a large coalition of attorneys general, cities, and counties from around the nation, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in taking legal action against the Trump Administration’s impairment of the 2020 Decennial Census. Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it was reducing — by an entire month, from October 31 to September 30 — the time in which self-response questionnaires will be accepted and door-to-door follow-ups by census enumerators will take place. Attorney General James and the coalition filed an amicus brief in National Urban League v. Ross, supporting the plaintiffs’ request for a nationwide stay or preliminary injunction to halt this “Rush Plan.” The coalition argues, in the brief, that this expedited schedule will hamstring the bureau’s ongoing efforts to conduct the census and will thus impair the accuracy of its enumeration of the total population of each state.

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