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Attorney General William Tong

04/02/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL TONG AND COALITION FILE BRIEF IN CENSUS CASE CHALLENGING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPT TO ADD CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO THE 2020 CENSUS

(Hartford, CT) -- Attorney General William Tong and a coalition of 18 states, 16 local governments, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, led by New York, filed a merits brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. Attorney General Tong released the following statement:

"The citizenship question is a cynical ploy by the Trump Administration to undermine the integrity of the U.S. census and deny c states like Connecticut, and in particular our cities and communities of color and immigrants the representation and funding they are owed. The Constitution is clear—we must count all residents every ten years. Connecticut stands with our sister states and municipalities in fighting for a fair and accurate count," said Attorney General Tong.

In January 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled in favor of Connecticut and a coalition of states led by the New York Attorney General’s Office in a lawsuit to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 Census. The United States Supreme Court will now be hearing the case in April 2019. The initial lawsuit was filed in April 2018. New York is leading a coalition of 18 states, 16 local governments, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in this case. The multistate and local government suit was consolidated with a case brought by multiple non-profit groups.

Assistant Attorney General Michael Skold assisted the Attorney General in this matter.

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