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Litigants Against Census Citizenship Question Suffer Setback

Is racial discrimination really at the heart of the administration's census question?
June 7, 2019
Joseph Klein

One of the contentious cases before the Supreme Court this term involves the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to reinstate a question on citizenship in the 2020 census questionnaire. During the oral argument of the case last April, the conservative-leaning justices appeared inclined to allow the inclusion of the question. "Citizen voting age population is the critical element in voting rights enforcement, and this is getting citizen information," Chief Justice John Roberts said. Since the oral argument, however, new documentary evidence has surfaced that opponents of the citizenship question believe rebuts the administration’s claim that the purpose of the citizenship question is to enforce the Voting Rights Act for the benefit of minority communities. Rather, they argued, the newly discovered evidence shows highly partisan and discriminatory motives. As a result, they took the evidence to one of the federal district courts that heard their original case, and also submitted a filing to the Supreme Court, hoping to put the Supreme Court’s review on hold. So far, they have failed in that effort.
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