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Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The Trump Administration intended to put a question about citizenship on the upcoming 2020 census, but a federal judge in Manhattan ruled against it, arguing millions could go uncounted.

By NTK Staff | 01.15.2019 @10:55am
Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

A federal judge in a Manhattan court ruled that the Trump Administration’s inclusion of a question regarding citizenship on the upcoming 2020 census must be removed, according to a Bloomberg News report Tuesday.

The ruling was the result of a two-week trial and may wind up being upheld or struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. An appeal is scheduled for February.

Ultimately, the judge ruled that too many individuals would go uncounted if the question were included:

“Hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people will go uncounted in the census if the citizenship question is included,” U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said in a 277-page opinion.

The citizenship question that the Trump Administration wanted included in the 2020 census had not been included in a census since the one issued in 1950. But previous administrations did include a version of it on certain long form census questionnaires.

At least one conservative group took issue with the ruling on Tuesday:

The ruling ignores both the law and the history of the census, said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington who manages the group’s Institute for Constitutional Government. Federal law gives the commerce secretary the full authority to determine what questions will be used on the survey, he said, and a citizenship question was first asked in 1820 and is currently included on the annual American Community Survey, which goes to about one out of every 36 households.

The Census Bureau must finalize its questionnaire in the coming weeks, so a final determination on this must come soon.

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