Supreme Court Blocks Trump Citizenship Question

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Update: The Trump Administration Drops Citizenship Question from Census on July 2.

The US Supreme court ruled against the Trump administration’s request that a citizenship question is added to the 2020 Census in a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts and questioned the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the question on June 27, calling the reason “contrived

“The evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation (Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross) gave for his decision. The sole stated reason seems to have been contrived.”

As a result, President Donald Trump said he wants to delay the 2020 census, and tweeted while traveling in Japan that it is “totally ridiculous that our government … cannot ask a basic question of citizenship.”

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

The Trump administration wants a citizenship question added to the Census because for the next decade, population counts from the Census will determine how many congressional seats and electoral votes each state will get. The United States Constitution requires a population count every 10 years to reapportion seats among the states in the House of Representatives. If the citizenship question is included and immigrants avoid taking the Census due to fears of detention and potential deportation, the result could be a major undercount of the population and change US voting districts.

Chicago immigration lawyer Mario Godoy says an accurate population count is important to protect everyone’s rights and services,

As an immigration lawyer I want to tell my clients to trust our legal process. They are legally required to answer Census questions. I want to protect my clients’ rights and protect all our rights and benefits as US citizens. 

The attorneys at Immigration Simplified have handled immigration cases all across the country. Please visit our website or call us at (312) 883-9944.