A new order by a federal judge in Maryland sets up a potential new block against the Trump administration's plans to add a citizenship to the upcoming 2020 census.
The latest development in the legal battle over the hotly contested question could complicate the Census Bureau's plans to finalize census questionnaires and start printing paper forms for the national head count by July 1.
Three federal judges, including US District Judge George Hazel of Maryland, have been ruling that the question, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" But a ruling by the Supreme Court, which has come to fruition in the near future, could have left these blocks while leaving two allegations made in the Maryland-based lawsuits.
The Trump administration says:
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Hazel previously they did not have enough supporting evidence.
But in a court order or published Wednesday, Hazel said that the plaintiffs' request for a reconsideration of their claims "raises a substantial issue."
The judge did not provide any additional details. His order said to be expected.
The Maryland cases have been appended to the 4th U.S.. Circuit Court of Appeals
The 4th Circuit has already set a schedule for review this month Request of plaintiffs represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Census Bureau officials warn that there is no delay in resolving the legal fate of the citizenship of the census, which includes the printing of 1.5 billion paper forms; letters and other mailings.