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High court blocks census citizenship question

The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2019. - JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is forbidding President Donald Trump’s administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census for now. The court says the Trump administration’s explanation for wanting to add the question was “more of a distraction” than an explanation.

It’s unclear whether the administration would have time to provide a fuller account. Census forms are supposed to be printed beginning next week.

The court ruled 5-4 on Thursday, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberals in the relevant part of the outcome.

A lower court found the administration violated federal law in the way it tried to add a question broadly asking about citizenship for the first time since 1950.

The Census Bureau’s own experts have predicted that millions of Hispanics and immigrants would go uncounted if the census asked everyone if he or she is an American citizen.

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3 comments

  • C

    Why block it, other than to enable illegals to enjoy the same benefits from the government that are deserved by those of us that are legal citizens?

  • steve

    I would never have dreamed of the day when we would need a citizen ID card in the United States, but today I do. This decision by the Supreme Court will enable illegals to not only to continue to receive the benefits of government programs but just as importantly the ability to vote. The ID card should be required to be shown in either case. Enough is enough. It’s time for citizens to tell Washington “this is our country. Get it?”.

    • Listen to yourself...

      You idiots don’t get it. A census does not grant anyone any rights you and I already have. Once you school yourself and minimize your ignorance, please do a repost. Or continue to entertain me with your wisdom.

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