Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who once served under Donald Trump’s voter integrity committee, said on Tuesday that he gave the president the idea to include a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
“I won’t go into exact detail, but I raised the issue with the president shortly after he was inaugurated,” Kobach told The Kansas City Star.
The move to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census is being challenged by multiple attorneys general who sees the move as unethical. According to those challenging the move, adding a citizenship question would discourage some immigrants from filling out the questionnaire, given the Trump administration’s crackdown on those in the country illegally.
Kobach has been known for his anti-immigration rhetoric and is a vocal supporter of strict voter ID laws. He also wrote an article for Breitbart in January expressing his support to include the citizenship question on the census.