U.S. District Judge rules against addition of “citizenship” question on U.S. census
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman has ruled against the Trump administration’s plan to add a question on citizenship to the U.S. 2020 census. Many courts and states are following through with lawsuits challenging the question of their own.“Is this person a citizen of the United States?,” has not been asked in a national U.S. census since 1950. NPR reports the question was approved by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the supervisor for the U.S. Census Bureau.
While the administration maintain’s the purpose of the question is to better enforce the Voting Rights Act clauses, opponents note the Trump administration’s racist and xenophobic policies on immigration, claiming the question will be used to vet and locate undocumented people, non-citizens and others at risk of deportation. Additional risks would not only deter non-citizens from partaking in the census’ head count, but produce inaccurate heat counts of all who live in the United States.
Currently, the administration is fighting against dozens of appeals from states and courts who want the question omitted. This February, the Supreme Court will listen to oral arguments on whether the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is able to be interrogated on why he added the citizenship question.
Many civil rights groups applauded Furman’s decision. The ACLU voice support, writing, “This victory in our case is a forceful rebuke of the administration’s attempts to weaponize the census to attack immigrants and communities of color.”
BREAKING: A federal court rejected the Trump administration’s inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
This victory in our case is a forceful rebuke of the administration’s attempts to weaponize the census to attack immigrants and communities of color.
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 15, 2019