Judge To Reconsider Discrimination Claim Against Potential 2020 Census Question

Monday, 08 Jul, 2019

President Donald Trump said Friday he was weighing an executive order to overcome a Supreme Court ruling blocking his administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 USA census, which opponents say is politically motivated.

The once-a-decade population count determines the distribution of seats in the House of Representatives among the states, and the disbursement of about $675 billion in federal funding. So we're working on a lot of things including an executive order.

Theelen said Statistics Canada's data quality assessment indicators have not flagged any issues specifically related to the citizenship question.

"I think it's very, very important and they do so much data".

That unfolding process in the court of U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel of Greenbelt, MD, could result - probably by mid-September - in a new order against including the citizenship question because of the racial bias issue.

But administration lawyers failed to provide any legal justification for the census question by a court deadline. The court nonetheless provided an opportunity for the administration to submit a revised explanation for why the question should be added.

"Now we safe four or five methods we can fabricate it", Mr Trump suggested reporters, suggesting the administration would possibly presumably well "per chance fabricate an addendum" after getting a obvious decision.

Obviously if there were a large-scale nationwide protest against the politically motivated question about citizenship, with millions or tens of millions of us either leaving the answer to that question blank or answering falsely, thus encouraging more undocumented immigrants to go ahead and complete the forms, also ignoring that question, prosecution would be all the more unlikely since there would be safety in numbers. "You need it for many reasons".

FILE - Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, April 23, 2019. The judge's order on Friday followed a Justice Department filing in the case saying it was still exploring whether and how to continue fighting to add the question.

"They still say they don't have clear instructions on what to do", said Saenz, who took part in a conference call with the judge and lawyers for both sides in one of three lawsuits seeking to keep the question off the census. The DOJ had wanted discovery to be delayed until they discovered a new rationale for adding the question to the census.

"Drawing congressional districts based on 'citizens, ' rather than 'persons, ' is unconstitutional", Lieu added. But such action from Trump would perhaps give administration lawyers a new basis to try to persuade federal courts that the question could be included.

The request - "Is that this particular person a citizen of the U.S.?" - has now no longer regarded on a United States census for all People since 1950, though it has been requested to some subsets of the population between 1970 and 2000.

Trump's seemingly out-of-the-blue tweet on Wednesday reversing the administration's stance came as a surprise to the government lawyers tasked with arguing the case. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the government's initial rationale seemed "contrived", but appeared to leave open the possibility that the administration could make another attempt to add it.