This one is going to the Supreme’s in April also…..
A federal judge ruled against the Trump administration Wednesday, blocking the Commerce Department from adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 U.S. census.
Judge Richard Seeborg for the Northern District of California said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had failed to offer a plausible reason to add a citizenship question to the next census.
“Secretary Ross’s reliance on [Voting Rights Act] enforcement to justify inclusion of the citizenship question was mere pretext and the definition of an arbitrary and capricious governmental act,” Seeborg wrote in his ruling.
“Moreover, Secretary Ross’s conclusion that adding the citizenship question would enable the Census Bureau to obtain more ‘complete and accurate data’ in response to the [Justice Department’s] request is not only unsupported, it is directly contradicted by the scientific analysis contained in the Administrative Record,” Seeborg continued.
The administration’s decision, which Ross announced last March, was immediately challenged by a number of states and localities led by California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), who in the past has saidthat adding such a question would “derail the integrity of the census” and potentially undercount the population of the U.S.
“It would discourage noncitizens and their citizen family members from responding to the census, resulting in a less accurate population count,” Becerra wrote in an op-ed last year.
Becerra celebrated the ruling in an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon, stating that it would protect “billions” of dollars in federal funding for California programs.
“Justice has prevailed for each and every Californian who should raise their hands to be counted in the 2020 Census without being discouraged by a citizenship question,” Becerra said.
“We celebrate this ruling, an important step in protecting billions of dollars meant for critical services Californians rely on, from education, to public health and safety. And we will ardently defend this important judgment to safeguard fairness in funding and representation for California and its local communities,” he added.
The decision is the second blow to the Trump administration’s push to include the question, after a New York judge made a similar ruling in January…..
This is about revenue to the states based on population….
Also the number of House districts which affects the electoral college and the choice of a President….