NYC: Trial Begins over 2020 Census Citizenship Question

HeadlineNov 06, 2018
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A federal trial is underway in New York City that could overturn the Trump administration’s plans to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census, leading to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. This could impact everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. Federal courts have ordered Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to testify to his motivations in ordering the citizenship question, although the Supreme Court has put that order on a temporary hold. In July, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman said it was plausible that “[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.” We’ll have more on the fight over the citizenship question on the 2020 census after headlines, when we’ll speak with journalist Ari Berman, author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.”

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