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Citizenship Question Blocked for Now, SCOTUS Says

June 27, 2019

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled against adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The majority stated, they “cannot ignore the disconnect between the decision made and the explanation given” by the Trump administration.

The proposal to add the citizenship question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?,” went against the advice of Census Bureau experts.

In earlier coverage of the census and citizenship debate, we noted that the addition of the question could lead to underreporting in the 2020 Census. The data from the upcoming census will be used exclusively to draw political districts and could change the number of congressional seats in some states, starting with the 2022 elections, and the federal funding for those states.