Phoenix votes against citizenship question on 2020 US Census

Phoenix officials have agreed to join other cities around the county seeking to drop a question about American citizenship from the 2020 U.S. Census.

The City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to include the city in one of the lawsuits filed against the federal government by either New York or California.

Phoenix officials say there are at least 213,000 non-citizens living in what is now the United States‘ fifth largest city. They say fear keeping non-citizens from participating in the Census could mean a loss of federal dollars.

The Phoenix City Attorney is deciding which case to join.

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Authorities say the U.S. government‘s decision to include the citizenship question could hurt Arizona more than most states because of its large number of immigrants.