New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed Monday that she will lead a group opposing Alabama’s plans for the 2020 Census. This comes as a result of a lawsuit filed in 2018 by Alabama that questioned the U.S. Census Bureau’s policy of counting the country’s population.
The purpose of James’ coalition is to defend the practice of counting non-citizens, with the press release referencing President Trump’s recent statements. Trump had tried to add a citizenship question to the Census in the past. In a statement, James stated “We are intervening in this case and taking on the role of defendant because the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution deserve better than a halfhearted and inadequate defense”. Various other states have joined James’ effort including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C.