A New York federal judge has issued an order definitively blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the administration’s insistence it has abandoned plans to add a question on the census.
Trump said last week that he was “very seriously” considering executive action to try to force the question’s inclusion.
Near the end of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments regarding the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the census, Noel Francisco, the Solicitor General, warned the Justices that a ruling against the government would open the door to “any group in the country to knock off any question on the census if they simply get together and boycott it.”
The judge could reopen the case to determine whether the question was intended to discriminate against Hispanics.
“It would discourage noncitizens and their citizen family members from responding to the census, resulting in a less accurate population count,” Becerra wrote in an op-ed last year.
The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump’s administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire.
The decision to add the question had nothing to do with enforcing the Voting Rights Act.