Saturday, July 6, 2019

CENSUS UPDATES: Judge orders census case to move forward as Trump mulls executive order

A federal judge ordered that discovery should move forward into the allegations of possible “discriminatory motive” behind the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the census.
The attempt by the Justice and Commerce Departments to add the question was struck down by a recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision.
The order from Judge George Hazel of the U.S. District Court for Maryland came as the DOJ said it is still looking for a “new rationale” for adding the citizenship question, although it has not settled on what that new rationale might be.
“Regardless of the justification defendants may now find for a ‘new’ decision, discovery related to the origins of the question will remain relevant,” Hazel wrote on Friday. “Given that time is of the essence, therefore, the prudent course is to proceed with discovery.”
The Maryland case is one of three in which a judge has rejected Trump's efforts to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
Trump suggested there were still “four or five ways” to add the citizenship question to the census, “including an executive order.” Trump also said that “we can start the printing [of census surveys] now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision.”
Read the rest of the story HERE and follow links to related stories below:

Breaking: Census Citizenship Question Comes Back to Life After Trump Announcement to Reporters at White House

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