Texas and Census Citizenship

Experts rung warning bells about the Trump administration's insistence to add a citizenship question in the state's 2020 census questionnaire. Opponents of the move say this will likely to depress the response rate among immigrants to the state. This will lead to an inevitable under-count of persons resident in the United States. Such activities take part every 10 years. The list of experts, including lawmakers, immigrants, and lawyers, urged both federal and state leaders to repeal the citizenship question. They said that something like this can lay to run Texas' projected three congressional seats gain. Federal funding to the tune of billions for local communities may also be hampered.

Texas game-changer

Even though the stakes are high, the issue has become a fault line running through Texas politics. The Republican leadership in the state has either cheered the decision or remained silent. The Democrats were the most vociferous when it comes to the citizenship question recall. State Representative Cesar Blanco, a Democrat elected from El Paso, describe the action as a state issue, and nor a Democratic or GOP issue.

Whatever the political views, both the Republicans and Democrats agree that census under-count in Texas state has negative potential for entire state. This is important as a fifth of Texas' population growth is due to immigration since 2010. Hispanics make up 50 percent of the state's surging population growth. The immigrants who lives near the border and in the urban areas are at maximum risk to be missed. Immigrants prefer to live in areas which have elected Democrats.

Beyond politics

Opponents of this program point out that this issue has ramifications much beyond politics. They point out that among the $40 billion the state receives every year from federal funds, approximately $3.8 billion is usually spent in highway planning and subsequent construction. The federal government provides finding based on formulas which are dependent on census figures. The opponents have asked Republicans like Governor Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, to join the multiple lawsuits filed by many other states. The lawsuits challenge the citizenship issue.

The Attorney General's Office has cited the query as an essential question requirement. It laid out the stance taken by Paxton in a letter to the officials of US Census Bureau. They put forward the case that some misguided individuals were trying to politicize a completely apolitical issue through the creation of distrust and fear sans any kind of supporting evidence.

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