Former Gov. Richardson: 'Wrong' to Add Citizenship Question to Census, CA Should Sue
Former Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) said Tuesday that a question about one's U.S. citizenship should not be in the census, saying that he doesn't agree with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' decision.
Richardson said the addition of the question will depress voter turnout "especially among Hispanics" and called it intimidating.
"[California Attorney General Xavier Becerra] should sue, and Wilbur Ross is wrong. No administration's ever done this," said Richardson, who also served as U.N. ambassador and Energy Secretary under President Bill Clinton.
The question of whether a person is or is not a U.S. citizen will be added to the 2020 census, and was added in response to a request by the Justice Department in December.
Ross had said the question is "necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data."
"Why does the government need to know? You're a human being living here. You're counted," Richardson said.
After the announcement of the question's addition Monday, the state of the California promised to sue.
Here's the lawsuit we filed last night against @realdonaldtrump's #census2020 decision. #California simply has too much to lose for us to allow his Administration to botch this obligation! #citizenship pic.twitter.com/Kp1WWJ3jC8
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 27, 2018
California has recently been under a watchful eye due to its "sanctuary" state law, allowing for more limited cooperation between local law enforcement and national ICE officials.
Many cities there have recently moved to try and opt out of the sanctuary law. A proposal by Los Alamitos Rep. Warren Kusumoto to opt his city out was met with overwhelming support.
Aliso Viejo Mayor David Harrington (R) said of the reaction in his city that "it's been going about 50-1, in favor."
Watch the full discussion from "Outnumbered" above.