…Just in at The Hill….
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was unlawful.
In his ruling, Judge Jesse Furman, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, blocked the administration from adding the question the Census questionnaire.
Furman, an Obama appointee, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Rossviolated a statute that requires him to collect data through the acquisition and use of “administrative records” instead of through “direct inquiries” on a survey such as the census.
But Furman said he was unable to find that Ross’s decision to add the question was a pretext for impermissible discrimination as the challengers had argued……