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Supreme Court to weigh census citizenship question

Friday 15/February/2019 - 09:19 PM
Sada El Balad
The Guardian
The US Supreme Court is set to decide whether the government can add a question about citizenship to the next national census.

The Trump administration wanted to add the question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” to the 2020 census.

Opponents said the question would lead to inaccurate census results، as both legal and undocumented immigrants would refuse to fill out the census form.

The government’s Census Bureau estimated that adding the question could depress responses in households with at least one non-citizen by as much as 5.8%. That could be particularly damaging in states like New York or California، which have large immigrant populations.

In January a federal judge in New York ruled that Trump’s administration could not put a question about citizenship on the census. Now the Supreme Court، newly furnished with two conservative justices، will have the final say.

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