HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary is telling the U.S. Census Bureau that her agency won’t provide driver’s license records as part of a Trump administration effort to gather citizenship information.
Secretary Leslie Richards wrote Thursday to a Census Bureau official, saying her department won’t participate in the project.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Adopts CDC's Relaxed Mask-Wearing Guidelines For Those Fully Vaccinated
More than a dozen other states have already declined to participate, according to an Associated Press survey.
The Census Bureau began asking for five years’ worth of driver’s license records in August, promising the information will be kept confidential.READ MORE: Christian Ross Facing Arson Charges In Massive Fire That Destroyed Historic South Side Building
That effort began after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a plan to add a citizenship question to next year’s census.
The effort has alarmed civil rights groups that see it as part of a move by the Trump administration to reduce the political power of minorities.MORE NEWS: CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Go Maskless In Most Places, But Some Businesses Still Require It
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