Texas Demographer Decries Census Citizenship Question

Barbara Schwarz
June 26, 2019 - 6:24 am

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Adding a 2020 census question about citizenship remains up in the air.  

It's being pushed by the Trump administration. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia says the case should be sent back to a lower court.  

US District Judge George Hazel of Maryland wrote racial discrimination could be the motive for the question. 

Texas state demographer Lloyd Potter could care less about politics.  "I think the problem with the census question is it's become political, and the census shouldn't be political in my opinion.  It needs to be that we're counting as many people as are living here, regardless of their status.  That needs to be a priority and we're doing ourselves a disservice for anything that's going to keep that from happening."

It is believed those in the country illegally will refuse to take the census for fear of deportation, which could lead to an undercount.

 The Supreme Court is expected to ultimately decide this week.