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The US Supreme Court has signaled support for the Trump administration's plan to ask each person in the country if they are an American citizen.
According to Bloomberg, key justices "seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census" during Tuesday oral arguments.
Constitution - Government - Survey - Persons - Living
The Constitution requires that the government survey all "persons" living in the United States each decade. Until 1950, the census regularly asked about citizenship - however it was discontinued out of fears that it would harm participation.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, has indicated that he wants to reinstate the question at the request of the Justice Department in order to improve enforcement of the federal voting rights law, reports ABC News.
New - York - State - Rights - Groups
New York state and several civil rights groups sued Ross, calling his stated rationale a pretext for discrimination and a politically motivated attempt to generate an undercount in heavily Democratic areas.
"The citizenship question is a bald-faced attempt to racially rig the census, undercount communities of color and undermine fair representation which our democracy relies upon," said Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn.
Trump - Administration - Critics - Claims - Millions
The Trump administration, meanwhile, calls critics' claims unfounded, and says that it's highly "speculative" to assume that millions of people...
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