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On July 5, new court filings showed the federal government intended to continue litigating the battle over placing a citizenship question on the 2020 census, even though a June 27 Supreme Court decision had blocked the question.
An official says the Justice Department has been instructed to keep looking for a way to ask 2020 census responders whether they are citizens of the United States. The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court's order to block the question for now.
The Trump administration is moving forward with printing 2020 census forms without a citizenship question. The move comes after a more than year-long legal battle over the hotly contested question.
A Justice Department official confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that plaintiffs in the census case have been informed that the 2020 census will be printed without inclusion of a citizenship question.
Raleigh, NC (June 27, 2019) – The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 Census, for now. “Today’s Supreme Court decision on the citizenship question supports the fundamental Constitutional mandate that the Census obtain a complete count of every individual in the United States; this is a victory for our democracy,” said Stacey Carless, Executive Director of the NC Counts Coalition.
President Trump says he is looking into delaying the 2020 census, hours after the Supreme Court decided to keep a question about citizenship off the form to be used for the head count.Trump tweeted that he has asked lawyers whether they can "delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter."He added: "Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able [to] ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!"
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census Thursday, giving opponents new hope of defeating it. The ruling by Chief Justice John Roberts questioned the rationale for the administration's effort, just as challenging states and immigrant rights groups have done. "The evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation (Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross) gave for his decision," Roberts wrote. "The sole stated reason seems to have been contrived."
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned that hotly anticipated upcoming decisions by the Supreme Court may be split along 5-4 votes. Ginsburg spoke to the judicial conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York on Friday, noting that while only a quarter of the court's decisions so far have been divided, that pattern is likely to change. "Given the number of most-watched cases still unannounced, I cannot predict that the relatively low sharp divisions ratio will hold," Ginsburg said. There are five conservatives and four liberal justices on the Supreme Court, meaning that the conservatives can stick together to create a slim majority in controversial cases.
Previously undisclosed documents obtained by Common Cause in its North Carolina partisan gerrymandering lawsuit were filed today in the federal action challenging the addition a citizenship question to the 2020 Decennial Census. The documents, which were filed by the private plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. State of New York, reveal for the first time the secret role played by the longtime Republican redistricting expert, the late Dr. Thomas Hofeller, in orchestrating the addition of the citizenship question and the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Act rationale for it. The documents further show that Dr. Hofeller concluded in a 2015 study that the citizenship question would significantly harm the political power of Latino communities and be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and the National Latino Commission on Census 2020 today released a new report, “The Community Speaks: A Report of the National Latino Commission on Census 2020”, during a briefing with stakeholders and partners at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The new report from the bipartisan Latino Commission outlines the state of Census 2020 for Latinos and its findings and recommendations for how Congress, the Administration, and the U.S. Census Bureau can act now to save the upcoming decennial count and ensure that the Latino community is fully counted.