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Supreme Court Weighs the Census Citizenship Question
Apr 29, 2019 at 01:55 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Last week, the Supreme Court heard opening arguments for United States Dept. of Commerce v. New York, the case centered around a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
  • The Trump administration’s plan for the census is to include an additional question which inquires about citizenship. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explained this decision by saying the citizenship data is needed to improve enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Three lower courts have so far blocked the plan to add the question, finding that it would discourage many immigrants from being counted.
  • Though a final decision has not yet been reached, the Supreme Court appears poised to vote in favor of the question, along 5-4 partisan lines.
  • The last time a citizenship question was asked in a American census was in 1950.

Food For Thought

Should the Supreme Court approve the addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 census? Why has this issue become so politicized?

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