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USJudge delays decision in census citizenship case after hearing evidence of GOP scheme

01:05  06 june  2019
01:05  06 june  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

New filings allege GOP redistricting motivation behind census citizenship question

New filings allege GOP redistricting motivation behind census citizenship question New filings in a case challenging adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census allege that gaining a GOP redistricting advantage motivated the addition of the question. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The documents, revealed Thursday, focus on the role of late Republican redistricting specialist Thomas Hofeller in orchestrating the addition of and offering an explanation for adding the citizenship question.

New evidence about a Republican strategist's role in adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is putting increased pressure on the The justices are weighing whether the controversial question should be allowed on the census after opponents filed lawsuits arguing it would lead to an

Judge Furman said Mr. Ross cherry-picked facts to support his views, ignored or twisted contrary evidence and hid deliberations from Census Bureau “Our government is legally entitled to include a citizenship question on the census and people in the United States have a legal obligation to answer

Judge delays decision in census citizenship case after hearing evidence of GOP scheme© Mandel Ngan Image: us-politics-census-protests-rally-demonstration

A federal judge on Wednesday postponed a ruling on whether the Trump administration hid the involvement of a dead GOP operative who was pushing to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census because it would advantage Republicans.

U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman said he was putting off any decision because he did not want to rush the process before the Supreme Court rules on the citizenship question.

DOJ fires back at allegations over GOP strategist's role in census citizenship question

DOJ fires back at allegations over GOP strategist's role in census citizenship question The Department of Justice on Monday sought to refute new allegations that a GOP redistricting operative played a significant role in getting a citizenship question on the 2020 census, calling the claims false and without merit. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); In a new court filing, DOJ lawyers offered a biting rebuke to the allegations made against Trump administration officials of attempting to obscure the role of the late GOP operative Thomas Hofeller in adding the citizenship question.

The much-awaited decision by Judge Jesse Furman is likely to wind up at the Supreme Court, which next month is scheduled to consider a portion of the case – whether Opponents of the citizenship question allege that Ross made his decision after conversations with White House officials, including

Ross' decision to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census sparked six lawsuits from No matter which side wins, the district court decisions in all of these cases are likely to be Ross argues that the Justice Department needs responses to the citizenship question to better

"There's no apparent urgency to resolve applications before me, no reason to rush the process before the Supreme Court makes its decision, this could easily be handled after their decision, and I don't want to do anything to cross the line," Furman said.

In a packed Manhattan federal courtroom, attorneys for the New York Immigration Coalition were looking to impose sanctions against the Justice Department for withholding evidence and making false statements.

The evidence refers to court filings released last week that suggested the idea for adding the citizenship question may have originated with Thomas Hofeller, a Republican redistricting specialist, who wrote in letters and memos that the question would create an electoral advantage for "Republicans and non-Hispanic whites."

Trump administration denies deceit in census citizenship fight

Trump administration denies deceit in census citizenship fight Trump administration denies deceit in census citizenship fight

Arguments in the trial over the Commerce Department's decision to reintroduce a question about citizenship in the 2020 census concluded in federal court on Tuesday amid fresh pleas from the Justice Department to the US Supreme Court to delay the case .

The justices will hear arguments over whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be questioned under oath for the lawsuits over the controversial citizenship question he added to the 2020 census . Supreme Court To Weigh In On Dispute Over Census Citizenship Question Evidence .

In a brief filed before the hearing, the Justice Department said that Hofeller had no role in its request to the Commerce Department in December 2017. "There is no smoking gun here, only smoke and mirrors," the department said. According to several reports, Hofeller urged President Donald Trump's transition team to include a citizenship question on its list of priorities for the new president.

John Freedman, representing the New York Immigration Coalition, told the judge that they are looking for sanctions and to determine whether Commerce officials had access to Hofeller's analysis.

In January, Furman blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, saying that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and did not follow proper administrative procedures.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision regarding the legality of adding the citizenship question to the census before the end of June so that the government can meet its printing deadline.

Furman set a July 12th deadline for the plaintiffs to file a motion to lay out the evidence. A reply from the government is expected on Aug. 2nd.

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