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USSupreme Court broadens scope of case against census citizenship question

00:05  16 march  2019
00:05  16 march  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Federal court rules against citizenship question in Census

Federal court rules against citizenship question in Census Democrats had argued that adding a citizenship question would discourage undocumented immigrants from responding , which could therefore affect the state's congressional representation. Seeborg agreed with that rationale, calling the addition of the question "arbitrary and capricious." He also said that the question "affirmatively interferes with the actual enumeration and fulfills no reasonable governmental purpose," therefore violating the Enumeration Clause, which calls for the regular counting of American citizens.

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Supreme Court broadens scope of case against census citizenship question© Mary F. Calvert Image: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it is expanding the scope of the case against the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing to decide whether the move violated the Constitution.

The move comes after a federal judge in California ruled earlier this month that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the census, violated the Constitution's Enumeration Clause because it prevents the government from conducting an accurate count of every living person in the country.

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The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to block Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from having to face a deposition on the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census .

A New York federal judge also blocked the administration from including the question, ruling this past January that Ross "violated the public trust" by adding it. The judge called Ross' decision "arbitrary and capricious" because it would "materially reduce response rates among immigrant and Hispanic households."

Ross has argued that the question was added at his direction after he received a letter from the Justice Department in late 2017 that said the data was needed to properly enforce the Voting Rights Act. Ross came under intense scrutiny for the move and recently defended his rationale during a fiery congressional hearing.

The Supreme Court previously said it would examine whether the question violated federal administrative law. The court will hear arguments in the case in April and rule before its term ends in June.

Last year, a coalition of 17 states, Washington, D.C., and six cities sued the Commerce Department, citing a concern that fewer immigrants will respond to the survey and therefore decrease the accuracy of the 2020 census, which determines funding allocation and how political districts are drawn. Civil and immigrant rights groups also sued to block the question.

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