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SCOTUSblog by Amy Howe 5/30/2019

It has been just over a month since the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a challenge to the decision by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. A federal district court in New York had blocked the government from using the question, ruling that the government’s conduct had violated the federal law governing administrative agencies. But the district court concluded that the challengers had not shown that the question had been added out of an intent to discriminate against Latinos and other immigrant communities. Today the challengers alerted the Supreme Court to new evidence indicating that a Republican redistricting strategist had played a key role in the decision to add the citizenship question to create an advantage for whites and Republicans in future elections.

The notification came in a letter to the Supreme Court from Dale Ho, a lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union who argued on behalf of the challengers last month. The challengers, Ho wrote, had filed a motion in the district court suggesting that the government should be sanctioned because the new evidence contradicted both testimony by senior government officials and representations by government lawyers in the case.