Missouri AG Hawley Backs Census Citizenship Question

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is supporting a Trump administration plan to ask people if they are citizens during the 2020 Census. Hawley said Monday that asking a citizenship question "is common sense." Hawley wasn't among the dozen other Republican attorneys general who originally urged President Donald Trump's administration to add the question.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is supporting a Trump administration plan to ask people if they are citizens during the 2020 Census.

Hawley said Monday that asking a citizenship question "is common sense." Hawley wasn't among the dozen other Republican attorneys general who originally urged President Donald Trump's administration to add the question.

A citizenship question hasn't appeared on the census version sent to every household since 1950.

Numerous Democratic attorneys general have sued to try to block it. They contend a citizenship question will deter participation and infringe on a constitutional requirement to count all residents.

Hawley is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Last month, McCaskill said the citizenship question was a "blatantly partisan" move to depress the count of Hispanics.

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