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Judge Formally Bans Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

Dispute is over, for now
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2019 2:26 AM CDT
In this April 23, 2019 photo, activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – A judge formally banned the citizenship question from the 2020 census Tuesday, days after President Trump announced his administration would no longer seek to add it. Judge Jesse Furman signed an order Tuesday after New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the American Civil Liberties Union told him in a letter that defendants including the Commerce Department won't oppose the request for an order, the AP reports. The Justice Department declined comment. The order was largely a procedural move allowing Furman to retain jurisdiction in the event the government switches tactics and pursues adding it again. For now, though, the order has the effect of closing the dispute. Trump announced last Thursday he'll try to ascertain the citizenship of over 90% of the population through data from seven government agencies. (Read more 2020 census stories.)

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