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Phoenix Votes to Sue Federal Government Over 2020 CensusPhoenix Votes to Sue Federal Government Over 2020 Census<div class="ExternalClass6ECD72A9AE2140408B567759D4CE43F9"><p>PHOENIX – Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council voted Tuesday to pursue litigation against the federal government in response to a plan to include a question about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 Census.  <br></p><p>"The purpose of the Census is to get an accurate count of all persons—not to play politics or get involved in issues of immigration," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "A question about citizenship will inevitably result in an undercount—and Phoenix and its residents have too much to lose in the 2020 Census count if it's not done right."<br></p><p>Councilmembers Daniel Valenzuela and Kate Gallego sent a letter to Stanton requesting the Council vote on the item during the Policy meeting.<br></p><p>"The stakes are incredibly high," said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. "In March, I warned about the impact such an order will have. Census figures are used to redraw political boundaries from school boards to congressional seats as well as determine how much money cities and states receive from the federal government. I appreciate Mayor Stanton's decision to place this matter before the full City Council. I thank my colleagues on the Council for voting to pursue litigation against the federal government to protect the best interests of our citizens."<br></p><p>"I am concerned the 2020 Census citizenship question stands to jeopardize federal funding allocated to Phoenix to help provide critical public services including police and fire protection, transportation, and many other services," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego. "In addition, the Census stands to marginalize residents who are part of our community. At this time, it is in the best interest of the City of Phoenix to take legal action against the Trump Administration."<br></p><p>For the City of Phoenix, an undercount of Phoenix residents could adversely affect Community Development Block Grants (CSBG), Section 8 housing assistance, Head Start/Early Head Start, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food and nutritional services and Medicaid, and law enforcement/homeland security grants, among other major programs. Additionally, highway and transit planning and construction would also be seriously impacted by an undercount. <br></p><p>Although Census Day is two years away <a><span dir="ltr" style="text-decoration:underline;">on April 1, 2020</span></a>, the City of Phoenix has already begun proactive efforts to ensure every person knows it is critical they are counted.  <br></p><p>More than a dozen cities and states across the U.S., along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, have joined lawsuits against the federal government<br></p></div>5/22/2018 11:00:00 PMRaquel Estupinan602-261-8823