A federal judge in New York ruled Thursday that a lawsuit against the Trump government's decision to ask citizenship questions at the 2020 census could proceed. The challengers had shown enough evidence that the decision could have been triggered by discrimination (19659002) While US District Judge Jesse Furman clarified that the benefits of the lawsuit will be decided in the future, he said that the challengers had provided enough evidence to do so the matter could be continued.
"Courts have a crucial role to play in reviewing the behavior of political branches to ensure that the census is conducted in accordance with the Constitution and applicable law, wrote Furman, who appointed President Barack Obama to the bank Assuming that their allegations are true and that all reasonable conclusions are drawn in their favor, the court finds that NGO plaintiffs plausibly claim that Secretary Ross's decision to reinstate the citizenship issue is at least partially due to discriminatory hostility motivated and discriminatory. "
Furman pointed to President Donald Trump's harsh comments on immigrants, including one in which he said some came from" Shithole countries "as evidence that the Decision to add a citizenship question by "discrimini The ruling is a temporary victory for the plaintiffs in the case, led by 1
The Trump administration demanded the case be dismissed, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said had broad discretion to decide what was in the census and there was no standard for the court to decide what was appropriate for the census. The decision is not discriminatory, says the Trump administration, because officials are doing their utmost to count all people in 2020.
The case is closely watched because civil rights groups are worried that the citizenship issue will cause a minority groups not to respond to the poll, which is conducted only once every 10 years. The data collected in the census are used to determine how many members of Congress each state receives and how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated.
"Today's decision is a big win for New Yorkers and everyone else across the country is taking care of a fair and accurate census," said New York's Justice Secretary Barbara Underwood (D), who heads the coalition of prosecutors in the lawsuit. "As we argued, the Trump government's plan to claim status as part of the census is unlawful – and could potentially cause a huge outage that would jeopardize billions of federal funds and New York's equitable representation in Congress and at the electoral college." [WhilethecasecontinuesFurmanthrewoutpartoftheplaintiff'scomplaintclaimingthattheadditionofacitizenshipquestionviolatedaconstitutionalprovisionthatthegovernmentcounted"allpersons"
Furman also questioned the Ministry of Commerce's reasoning for adding the citizenship question. Ross initially said that he was considering adding a citizenship question after the Justice Department asked for better enforcement of the electoral law. But in a memo that was revealed as part of the lawsuit, Ross said he actually began considering the possibility of adding a question months before the Justice Department request. Ross also announced that the Commerce Department had asked the DOJ to ask a citizenship question. Documents released this week show that Ross was impatient to submit a citizenship question to the census shortly after his confirmation, and how a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Commerce contacted DOJ to ask the agency to add the question.
and repeated) suggested that the request of the Department of Justice had triggered his discussion of the subject, now it seems that the sequence of events was exactly the opposite, "he wrote.
Furman also noted that in 1965 The Voting Rights Act has been passed The Department of Justice has never said that it needs better citizenship data to enforce the law.