Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Census Can’t Ask About Citizenship, Judge Rules

Photo: Michelle R. Smith/Associated Press
A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, saying Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question broke the law.
“Secretary Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census—even if it did not violate the Constitution itself—was unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons and must be set aside,” wrote U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, who had presided over a trial about the question last year.
Judge Jesse Furman. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi
The decision comes as a result of two lawsuits filed by cities, states and left-leaning advocacy groups. The plaintiffs had argued adding the question ignored the Census Bureau’s own research, would lead to a significant undercount and was motivated by discrimination against immigrants. The lower count could result in fewer congressional seats and billions of dollars in lost federal funding in districts with large numbers of immigrants, they said.
The Trump administration said it had acted lawfully and needs citizenship data to enforce the Voting Rights Act. The government hasn’t asked about the citizenship status of the entire population since the 1950 census.
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