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Census question about citizenship status angers Maryland Rep. Cummings, Democrats during congressional hearing

Census question about citizenship status angers Maryland Rep. Cummings, Democrats during congressional hearing

Frustrated congressional Democrats accused the Trump administration Friday of politicizing the 2020 Census after a Justice Department official declined to answer questions on how the administration came to include a question asking people their citizenship status.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said he had wanted more information about the administration’s rationale for the question. At a hearing Friday, committee Democrats said the question would have a chilling effect on responses from immigrant communities and others suspicious of government.

“Many individual citizens as well as non-citizens — including legal permanent...

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