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El Paso County doesn't agree with question of citizenship

El Paso County has formally spoken out against a question of citizenship on the census, according to a news report. The county took the stance against the question earlier in May when the county commissioners voted to join a lawsuit that was filed against the Department of Commerce. The lawsuit was filed to keep a question about citizenship off the 2020 census.

The majority votes from the county commissioners voted the way they did because they fear the county could lose funding if the question is on the census. The commissioners feel that some immigrants might not answer the question, which could ultimately lead to a smaller count of residents, which would reduce the funding to El Paso County.

A statement from the commissioners said that residents will be on the hook for less funding because they will need to make up for it with higher taxes. When an inappropriate head count occurs it can also cause issues with redistricting, which could prevent proper government representation at all levels of the county and state.

The lawsuit that El Paso County voted to join was created by the state of New York. The lawsuit includes 18 states, nine cities, the District of Columbia, the United States Conference of Mayors and four counties. The county also voted to spend no more than $5,000 on the lawsuit. Texas as a state has yet to take a position on the potential census question.

Issues with citizenship and naturalization can be very difficult to understand. Laws continue to change and news ones are created. You need to know all about your rights when it comes to becoming a citizen in Houston, Texas.

Source: KVIA, "El Paso County Commission stands against Citizenship Question on Census," May 07, 2018

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