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USOpponents of citizenship question on 2020 census ask Supreme Court to delay ruling based on new allegations

04:56  13 june  2019
04:56  13 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ’s conservative majority seemed ready on Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census , which critics say would undermine its accuracy by discouraging both legal and unauthorized immigrants from filling out the

A closely divided Supreme Court appeared almost certain to allow the Trump administration to ask Supreme Court looks likely to back Trump administration on adding citizenship question to 2020 Their ruling would clear the way for all households to be asked about citizenship for the first time

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WASHINGTON – Opponents of the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census asked the Supreme Court Wednesday not to decide the issue until new allegations of a political motive are reviewed.

Lawyers for the New York Immigration Coalition have said information recovered from the files of a deceased Republican expert on redistricting shows the administration's motive was to reduce the voting power of Hispanics. That would help Republicans and hurt Democrats in congressional elections.

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The Supreme Court agreed Friday to enter a dispute over evidence in a challenge to the Trump administration's plan to add a question on citizenship to the The high court 's decision to take on the dispute could delay a ruling in that case. The court had given both sides a partial victory earlier

Supreme Court will rule on Trump administration's effort to add question on citizenship to 2020 Census . A federal district judge in New York struck down the plan last month, ruling that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross exceeded his authority when he announced the inclusion of the citizenship

Administration officials have testified that they sought the citizenship question not for that reason but to protect minority voters under provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

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Rather than decide the case on "an incomplete and misleading record," challengers asked the justices to send it back to a lower court for further fact-finding.

“The significance of this case cannot be overstated," said Dale Ho, direcor of the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project. "The census happens once a decade, and there is no chance for a do-over."

Three federal judges have blocked the question from being added, based on both federal law and constitutional grounds. The case was argued at the Supreme Court in April; a decision is expected in the next two weeks.

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The citizenship question on the 2020 census , explained. The Supreme Court has routinely ruled that states are allowed to use total population when drawing districts The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to do this on other cases, but it hasn’t agreed. The initial ruling halting the citizenship question in New York didn’t address the issue of constitutionality, so it wasn’t among

Opponents of the citizenship question allege that Ross made his decision after conversations with White House officials, including former “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," Justice

During oral argument, it appeared the court's conservative majority would rule in the administration's favor. It's not surprising, therefore, that challengers would ask the court to delay its ruling.

At the center of the new controversy is Thomas Hofeller, who authored a study showing that allowing only U.S. citizens to vote "would clearly be a disadvantage to the Democrats" and "would be advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."

To achieve that goal, Hofeller recommended to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team that the 2020 census ask about citizenship. But the Justice Department and Commerce Department ultimately claimed the question was intended to protect minority voting rights.

Justice Department officials have said the latest challenge represents an "eleventh-hour campaign to improperly derail the Supreme Court’s resolution of the government’s appeal."

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The Supreme Court has refused to postpone the start of the first trial over the controversial citizenship question it added to the 2020 census . The Justice Department is arguing that these lawsuits should be resolved based on the administration's initial record of internal documents about the citizenship

Texans fighting citizenship question on 2020 census are headed to court . Experts have said the New York ruling could influence ongoing census battles by helping to guide judges working The Justice Department has appealed the ruling , and the case could ultimately go to the Supreme Court .

"There is no smoking gun here," they told a federal district judge in New York last week, "only smoke and mirrors."

Judge Jesse Furman, who issued the first ruling against the administration, is considering the new information but does not intend to rule until later this summer – not in time to influence the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the Census Bureau has said it must have an answer soon in order to begin printing the 2020 questionnaire.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Opponents of citizenship question on 2020 census ask Supreme Court to delay ruling based on new allegations

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In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal trial judge said Wednesday that he believes new evidence presented in a challenge to the 2020 census citizenship question "raises a substantial issue." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The decision could lead to reopening one of three federal trials into the citizenship question and lead to further examinations of Republican redistricting consultant Thomas Hofeller's role in developing the question.

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