Panel approves subpoenas related to citizenship question

April 02, 2019 - 3:07 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-controlled House panel has voted to subpoena documents and a witness related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Democrats say they want specific documents that will determine why Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided to add the question. They say the Trump administration has declined to provide those documents despite repeated requests.

Ross says the decision to add the question was based on a Justice Department request to help it enforce the Voting Rights Act.

But Democratic lawmakers say Ross wanted to add the citizenship question from his first days in the administration. They fear it will reduce census participation in immigrant-heavy communities.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel's Democratic chairman, says "the Trump administration's stonewalling has left the committee no choice."

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