A federal judge in New York has ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The issue ignited heated debate among lawmakers in March:
(27 Mar 2018) – AP – The Trump administration’s decision to ask people about their citizenship in the 2020 Census set off worries Tuesday that noncitizens will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic and robbing their communities of federal dollars.
Those who support adding the question to the census say Democrats are opposed to the question because it would reveal how many noncitizens are living in the country.
“The only argument here is that the opponents don’t want the American people to know and understand how large the foreign born population is and what percent of them percentage of them are here illegally,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
[NPR] – U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the administration to stop its plans to include the controversial question on forms for the upcoming national head count “without curing the legal defects” the judge identified in his opinion released on Tuesday.
Furman’s decision marks a significant milestone in a legal battle that began shortly after the Trump administration announced last year that the 2020 census would include a controversial question about U.S. citizenship status. The added question was: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” All U.S. households have not been asked such a question on the census since 1950.