A federal judge in Maryland joins colleagues in New York and California in ruling against the Trump administration’s proposal to add a question to the 2020 census on whether respondents are citizens. However, the final call will be made by the US Supreme Court, which is hearing oral arguments on April 23rd. A final ruling is expected in June.
Judge Furman deemed Commerce Secretary Ross’s insertion of a question about citizenship in the 2020 census questionnaire “arbitrary and capricious” and out of bounds, noting that federal documents confirmed that the question, if asked, would lead to a significant undercounting of Latinx residents.
A range of foundations have come together to form the New York State Grantmakers for Census Equity. In New York State alone, the census impacts $53 billion in annual federal funding. What is happening in your state?
With the slow pace of nominations and confirmations of Trump administration appointees, there is concern that it will be a while before a new Census Bureau director takes office—and 2020 is coming up fast.
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