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Census citizenship case goes to U.S. top court

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Census citizenship case goes to U.S. top court

Census citizenship case goes to U.S. top court

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a fiercely contested plan by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, agreeing on Friday to an expedited review of a judge's ruling blocking the plan.

Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Census citizenship case goes to U.S. top court

The Supreme Court is set to determine whether the Trump administration’s fiercely contested ‘citizenship question’ can be added to the 2020 census.

The question at stake— "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The nation highest court agreed, Friday, to an expedited review of a judge’s ruling, blocking the question- which has not been included on the census form since 1950.

The Manhattan-based judge, in January, said the true motives of the citizenship question were concealed… and that the question was in violation of federal law.

The Trump administration is battling dozens of states, cities and various civil rights groups that are against the question appearing on census forms. They claim the question would scare immigrants from filling out the form… and THAT would disproportionally affect Democratic-leaning states... as the official population count is used in the allocation of House seats AND the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds.

The administration says the data will help enforce the Voting Rights Act that protects eligible voters from discrimination.

Oral arguments in the Supreme Court case will take place in late April.

And time is of the essence — the official census forms are set to be printed in the coming months.




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