As you may remember, earlier this year nearly thirty states, cities, organizations, and individuals sued the Census Bureau over the addition of the untested citizenship question to the 2020 census. Yesterday, Judge Furman of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York denied in part the Trump Administration’s motion to dismiss the suit. The judge wrote, “Plaintiffs plausibly allege that Secretary Ross’s decision to reinstate the citizenship question was motivated at least in part by discriminatory animus and will result in a discriminatory effect.” This is the first legal win for challenges to the Trump Administration’s handling of the 2020 census. The immediate significance of this decision is that the suit is likely to enter the discovery phase of litigation, which may compel the Census Bureau to hand over information regarding the decision that has not yet been made public. This decision may also encourage other suits challenging the census in other courts around the country. Stay tuned!

 

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