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Federal judge blocks request to add citizenship question to 2020 census

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Federal judge for the Northern District of California Richard Seeborg ruled against the Trump administration on Wednesday, blocking a request to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census.

The Obama appointee judge said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross fell short of offering a valid reason to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, claiming adding the question “threatens the very foundation of our democratic system.”


“Secretary Ross’s reliance on Voting Rights Act enforcement to justify inclusion of the citizenship question was mere pretext and the definition of an arbitrary and capricious governmental act,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“Moreover, Secretary Ross’s conclusion that adding the citizenship question would enable the Census Bureau to obtain more ‘complete and accurate data’ in response to the Justice Department’s request is not only unsupported, it is directly contradicted by the scientific analysis contained in the Administrative Record,” Seeborg continued.

Richard Seeborg is the second judge to rule against the Trump Administration’s decision to add citizenship to the next census.

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