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Citizenship Question Blocked on 2020 Census by Trump Administration

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The Trump Administration is appealing U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman’s ruling that blocks plans to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The controversial  question, ” Is this person a citizen of the United States” has been deemed by Judge Furman to be  “unlawful” and a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.  The Justice Department filed a court notice asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the first major court decision about the question.

A question about citizenship has not been asked of all U.S. households since the 1950 census. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau approved the question because the  Justice Department uses responses to help protect the voting rights of racial and language minorities. The opposition being that many fear  including a citizenship question will lead to an under-count of immigrants and communities of color. Furthermore, asking a citizenship question in today’s political climate is likely to discouraged households with non-citizens from participating, which will have a direct impact on population numbers used to determine how $880 billion a year in federal funding is distributed and how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state is given for the next decade.

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