Judge Allows Lawsuit against Trump Administration’s Census Citizenship Question to Proceed

(From The Hill)

A federal district court judge on Thursday denied a request from the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Judge Jesse Furman on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said the challengers had plausibly alleged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to reinstate the citizenship question was motivated at least in part by “discriminatory animus” and will result in a discriminatory effect.

He also ruled that challengers had “plausibly” alleged there is a “heightened risk in the current political climate” that the question will lead to a lower response rate “because of President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

New York and 16 other blue states filed a lawsuit in April, challenging the constitutionality of a question about citizenship status, arguing the question will lead to a skewed count.

The New York Immigration Coalition, Casa De Maryland, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, ADC Research Institute and Make the Road New York also sued, and the cases were consolidated.

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