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Maryland Rep. Cummings: Commerce secretary engaged in 'secret campaign' to add citizenship question to census

Maryland Rep. Cummings: Commerce secretary engaged in 'secret campaign' to add citizenship question to census

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday that he has “very serious questions” whether U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was truthful in explaining how the Trump administration came to develop a census question about citizenship status.

Ross told Congress several times last year that the question was added for the 2020 population count because the U.S. Department of Justice requested it.

But Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said during a committee hearing that after Ross testified last year, “new documents showed that he was engaged in a secret campaign to add the citizenship question from the very first days...

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