California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Xavier BecerraStates threatening to convict Trump EPA for delay in enforcing the Pollution Rule of Pollution Anti-abortion clinics take First Amendment case to Supreme Court Court: EPA broke law with smog rule delay MORE  He said late Monday that he would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
"We are ready to do what we need to protect California from an inadequate census, adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is not only a bad idea ̵
#BREAKING : Action against @realdonaldtrump 's administration over ruling, #citizenship Question to # 2020Census . Including the question is not just a bad idea – it's illegal: https://t.co/vW8sa7khq9
– Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 27, 2018
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross  Wilbur Louis RossEthic's submissions have not yet shown the promised divestments of the Trade Chief: Report Trump blows up Congress to send him omnibus bill that "no one read" The Hill's 12:30 report MORE announced his decision to reinstate the citizenship issue on the Commerce website, despite fierce opposition from Democrats in recent weeks.
The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions Jefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions McCad defends himself against shooting in Washington Post op-ed lawyer: Roy Moore supporters offered K, Bannon meeting to drop prosecutors as client Al Franks let meetings fire McCabe "is hypocrisy in its worst" MORE has pressed for the inclusion of the question, arguing that it would not allow the department to better enforce the ballot.
Hours before the decision was announced, an article written by Becerra and Californian Foreign Minister Alex Padilla was published, arguing that the issue would disproportionately affect California, which has several large immigrant communities.
However, Democrats have expressed concerns that the addition of the question would result in inaccurate populations, as it would prevent some immigrants from completing the questionnaire as the Trump government is acting against those illegally employed in the country.
Several MPs spoke out against Monday's announcement.
Sen. Bob Menendez Robert MenendezPoll: Menendez has 17 points ahead of GOP challenger Russian attacks on America require Congressional bipartisan response Justice Department intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case (DN. used the announcement to spread a bill that he and other Senate Democrats had introduced that should ban the census of asking for citizenship or immigration status.
The federal census is not an instrument for collecting the presidential base. It is a constitutional census of every single person living in this country.
– Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 27, 2018
Rep. José Serrano José Enrique SerranoDem: Hillary Right to Focus on Midterms Legislators Reflect Where They Were on 9/11/01 Demos: Obama Must Vote on ISIS MORE (DN.Y.) Also praised one Amendment to Abolish the Citizenship Question
@CommerceGov Secretary Ross's decision to include a citizenship issue in the 2020 census will only result in low numbers and fear. The question is another way to reach a low and unfair number. I will table an amendment to reverse this language. @uscensusbureau
– Jose E. Serrano (@RepJoseSerrano) March 27, 2018
Rep. Carolyn Maloney Carolyn Bosher MaloneyJon Stewart makes Capitol Hill appearance for 9/11 bill With cries of "racists" and "Nazis", Democrats betray our story Dems Fear spill over as left presses attack weapon ban MORE ( DN.Y.), representing parts of New York City, said that Ross "deliberately compromised the integrity of the census for political purposes."
Adding a citizenship question to # 2020Census @SecretaryRoss succumbed to the hateful, nativistic beliefs that are the hallmark of this administration, and has upheld the integrity of the #Census deliberately compromised political purposes. https://t.co/fVMRJYtiqK
– Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) March 27, 2018
But GOP Rep. Warren Davidson Warren Earl Davidson25 House Republicans defy the Leadership in Key Issues Bill Vote Baffled Republicans distance themselves from Trump on guns Burning from budget, warns Ryan Ryan on immigration MORE (Ohio) spoke in favor of the Trump government's decision, argued in the House of Representatives "should not be based on citizens on inhabitants. "
#CitizenshipMatters The allocation of seats and electoral votes to Congress should be based on the citizens and not on the residents. Otherwise, the citizens are under-represented … For example, California gets about three additional members of Congress based on estimates of illegal residents. https://t.co/Acq02zM4Ev
– Warren Davidson (@WarrenDavidson) March 27, 2018