A federal judge has ruled in favor of The American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit and barred a controversial citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census.
For three weeks, attorneys with the ACLU challenged the Trump Administration’s push to ask census-takers if they are a citizen. According to the ACLU, “the citizenship question was unnecessary and designed to suppress census participation by immigrant communities. Lower turnouts ultimately affect the allocation of congressional seats and billions in federal dollars for services.”
United States District Judge Jesse Furman ruled the question “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” not be added to the census.
In a statement to Local 23, the ACLU said “The evidence at trial, including from the government’s own witness, exposed how adding a citizenship question would wreck the once-in-a-decade count of the nation’s population. The inevitable result would have been — and the administration’s clear intent was — to strip federal resources and political representation from those needing it most.”
While the ruling is in favor of the ACLU, the Trump Administration has signaled they aim to appeal the judge’s ruling and be heard in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.