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Citizenship Question Stricken from 2020 Census

January 30, 2019

United States Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, directed the US Census Bureau to add a question that has not appeared since 1950: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?.”

This question was challenged in the United States District Court and found to be a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. The Trump Administration is asking the United States Supreme Court to review New York,  et al. v. the United States Department of Commerce et al., a challenge to the United States census of 2020.

In the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the 277-page opinion forced the Solicitor General to petition the Supreme Court to take on the case before intermediate review from a US Court of Appeals. The Solicitor General said that this case “involves an issue of imperative public importance.” It is likely to be taken up by the High Court this term as interest has already been shown by the Court through orders issued which limited the scope of the review for the case heard in New York.