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Secretary of Commerce under fire for US census question


Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was on Capitol Hill Thursday, answering questions, about the controversial decision to add a question on immigration status to the U.S. Census.

Democrats say there’s proof the secretary lied to Congress about why he added the question.

States like California worry that even legal immigrants won’t participate in the census, because of the question, which would cost the state money and seats in Congress.

They’ve challenged the citizenship question in court and won twice, but the Trump Administration has appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

California Congresswoman Jackie Speier says documents and emails show Secretary Ross lied to Congress when he said the citizenship question was not his idea.

“You can’t lie to Congress,” said Congresswoman Speier. ‘”Your own deputy chief of staff says you initiated.”

“I testified truthfully to the best of my ability, in response to what my understanding of the questions were,” said Secretary Ross.

Republican lawmakers say the citizenship question belongs on the census.

South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune says it’s completely fair.

“When they divide up those congressional district lines, how they’re going to be drawn up should be predicated or based upon those who are actually American citizens,” said Senator Thune.

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