A federal judge in New York on Tuesday has barred the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman didn’t push back against the constitutionality of the question. Rather, Furman argued that the question was added arbitrarily and did not follow proper procedure. A dozen immigrant rights groups, states and certain cities also criticize the question, saying that it may hinder immigrant households from participating in the federally mandated census. This decision isn’t final, however. A separate suit on the same issue, filed by the state of California, is underway in San Francisco. The U.S. Supreme Court is also poised to address the issue in February.
With files from the Associated Press
Steven Shepard, chief polling analyst for POLITICO; he’s been following the story.
Jonathan Entin, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio