No Citizenship Question on the U.S. Census — For Now
A citizenship question on the U.S. Census could spell disaster for California. But its inclusion looks less likely after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a 5-4 decision, with John Roberts joining the liberal justices, the Court rejected the Trump administration’s rationale for a question about citizenship, calling it seemingly “contrived.” Thursday’s decision temporarily halts its inclusion and sends the case back to federal district court in New York where the administration could still be successful using a different argument. Timing is a major hurdle, however, as the questionnaires are set to be printed soon.
In response, President Trump has threatened to delay the U.S. Census altogether — a move that would be unprecedented and legally dubious.
U.S. Labor Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the inclusion of a citizenship question last year. The administration has argued it’s necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA).
The administration was promptly sued by a number of state and local governments, including San Francisco, as well the United States Conference of Mayors. They say the question would make immigrants less likely to participate in the survey, thereby jeopardizing federal funds and political representation in Washington for immigrant-rich communities.
Read more at the Fresno Bee.