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NY judge blocks Trump administration from 'weaponizing' the census

Jan 15, 2019 12:00 pm
Tara Bahrampour is reporting for the Washington Post U.S. District Judge Furman of New York’s Southern District court has ruled against the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In the first major ruling on the controversial question, the court ordered the administration to stop its plans to add the question to the survey without first resolving the legal issues identified in the opinion. “This ruling is a forceful rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities,” said Dale Ho, an attorney for the ACLU, a plaintiff in the case. The Trump administration tried several times to stop the case from going forward, including requests to the U.S. Supreme Court. The administration is likely to appeal Furman’s decision. Plaintiffs in the case include 18 states and several cities and jurisdictions, as well as some civil rights groups. Read the full story in the Washington Post.