Trump Wants Census Delay After Citizenship Question Blocked

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he has asked lawyers to delay the U.S. census after the Supreme Court put on hold his plan to include a citizenship question in the survey next year.“Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!” Trump tweeted.The outcome of the case has sweeping political implications. The Census Bureau has found that adding a citizenship question could depress the response rate of minority households, which could result in large numbers of undocumented immigrants not being counted.If that were to happen, states with large immigrant populations — such as California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New York and Illinois — could potentially lose a seat in the U.S. House as well as votes in the Electoral College.The court left open a path that might still let the question be added, but it would require the government to move quickly with a new justification — and to win what would certainly be a new court fight.The Trump administration has said repeatedly that the issue must be resolved by July 1 to allow enough time to send out the questionnaire by April 2020, the date set by Congress for the census to go out. The Constitution requires a census be conducted every ten years.The divided court said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s explanation — that the citizenship question would help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act — couldn’t be squared with the evidence about its motivations. The court said the Commerce Department’s explanation for adding the citizenship question “seems to have been contrived.”The high court ruling sends the matter back to the Commerce Department, which could try again to add the question with a better explanation. It’s unclear how long that …read more

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