Census citizenship question ruling sets up legal path for Texans fighting the question

Census citizenship question ruling sets up legal path for Texans fighting the question

June 28, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court threw the inclusion of a citizenship question on the census in doubt, but a separate legal challenge with Texas ties could bring an end to the controversy.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to block, at least for now, the Trump administration’s plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census offered opponents of the question a temporary reprieve.

But it also gave another legal challenge to the citizenship question — this one filed, in part, by Hispanic Texas lawmakers and several Texas-based nonprofits — some legal breathing room to move forward as a federal judge considers whether the administration added the question to intentionally discriminate against Hispanics.

In a complicated ruling, the Supreme Court on Thursday found that the Trump administration had provided a “contrived” rationale for wanting to gather citizenship information through the once-a-decade count and agreed with the lower court that blocked the inclusion of the question if the administration could not offer up a better justification.

“Altogether, the evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation the [U.S. commerce] secretary gave for his decision,” Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, said, pointing to the administration’s purported reasoning that the question was added after the U.S. Department of Justice asked for citizenship data that would allow it to better enforce the federal Voting Rights Act.

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