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US to add citizenship question in 2020 Census: Commerce Dept

WASHINGTON: A question about citizenship status will be included on the 2020 Census to help enforce the Voting Rights Act, federal officials said on Monday, but California sued to block the move arguing that it would discourage immigrants from participating. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided to add the question to the count after a Department of Justice request based on the desire for better enforcement of the voting law, the US Department of Commerce said in a statement. “Secretary Ross determined that obtaining…

Trump taps long historical vein against immigration

WASHINGTON: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free": The words on the Statue of Liberty have beckoned comers to the "Nation of Immigrants" for more than a century. But not with President Donald Trump at the gate. Unlike any US leader in decades, Trump has attacked immigration, slashed legal arrivals, called to expel millions of non-citizens, and invited only wealthy and educated foreigners -- with an evident preference for white Europeans. On Thursday, Trump allegedly demanded…