This week, California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced that his state is suing the federal government in the wake of an announcement by the Trump administration that it intends to restore a citizenship question to U.S. Census questionnaires that will circulate in 2020. Twelve other states may join in the lawsuit. On Wednesday, the Democratic Party sent an email to supporters that condemned the “extremely reckless” move by the Trump administration.

The missive said, “Adding this question to the census, especially at this point in the process and without any testing, is extremely reckless. It could decrease response rates in communities with large immigrant populations and produce inaccurate results due to incomplete counts. Congress depends on those results not only to decide how to distribute federal resources -- but also to determine the number of congressional districts in each state.”

The email went on to say that the citizenship question is a “clear attempt” by Republicans to “maximize their political power and undermine fair representation in government.” The email asked recipients to sign a pledge to oppose the citizenship question. “But this move is not only another attempt to intimidate immigrants -- it is an attempt by Republicans to sabotage important census data to rig our political system in their favor. It is critical that we speak out against it,” said the Democrats’ missive.

At the website of the Democratic National Committee, a webpage for donors noted that the party accepts donations from U.S. citizens and non-citizenss.

The party's requirements:

"Contribution rules:
"I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident (i.e., green card holder).
"This contribution is made from my own funds, and funds are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.
"I am making this contribution with my own personal credit card and not with a corporate or business credit card or a card issued to another person.
"I am at least eighteen years old.
"I am not a federal contractor."

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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