A coalition of attorneys general from 19 states, backed by the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, are pushing for the rejection of a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census form.

Schneiderman in a statement warned the question could lead to an under count in states like New York with large immigrant populations, thus hurting the state’s representation in Washington and in turn federal aid the state is due.

“Fair representation is at the heart of our democracy. Yet DOJ’s effort to add a citizenship question to our Census directly targets state like New York that have large, thriving immigrant populations – threatening our representation in Congress and the Electoral College and billions of dollars in federal funds on which New Yorkers rely,” Schneiderman said.

“With fear on the rise in immigrant communities, it’s no surprise that many families would be frightened to participate in a Census that asked about citizenship. Our coalition will continue to fight back against these sorts of draconian polices that seek to punish states like New York that embrace and celebrate our diversity.”

The state AGs released a letter on Monday to the U.S. Department of Commerce and its secretary, Wilbur Ross, outlining their concerns over the potential inaccurate count because of the citizenship question.

Multi-state Letter 2020 Census by Nick Reisman on Scribd