Thursday, November 22, 2018

Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Census Citizenship Case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to the citizenship question the Trump administration inserted into the 2020 census.
The case does not concern the merits of the dispute over the citizenship question. Rather, the high court will decide what evidence the trial court may consider before issuing judgment.
The high court previously intervened to stop Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ scheduled deposition in the case on Oct. 22. The U.S. Census Bureau falls under the supervision of the Commerce Department. The Trump administration had asked the justices to delay the trial altogether, though that request was rejected on Nov. 2. The trial has since unfolded and it is nearly completed, pending a final decision about Ross’ deposition.
The Constitution mandates a census every ten years to apportion seats in the House of Representatives among the states. Population is also used as a basis for rewarding federal aid.
A coalition of Democratic states, mayors and interest groups challenged the inclusion of the citizenship question, fearing it will discourage minority participation, thereby stripping liberal enclaves of federal monies and congressional representation.
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