Trump Vows to Delay 2020 Census Over Supreme Court’s ‘Totally Ridiculous’ Ruling that Citizenship Question Can’t Be Included Right Now

  • On Thursday, in a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration couldn’t include a citizenship question on the 2020 census for now.
  • In a blow to the administration, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts agreed with liberal justices and ruled that “the administration did not provide adequate justification for the question.”
  • The justices said that the administration’s justification for the question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” seemed “contrived.” The case was sent back to the lower courts.
  • Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the Court was given “an explanation for agency action that is incongruent with what the record reveals about the agency’s priorities and decision-making process.”
  • With a lower court looking at the issue, it could prevent the government from getting the question printed on the census in time, so Trump said he would try to delay the 2020 census.
  • “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the … United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter,” Trump said.
  • Trump called the decision “totally ridiculous” and said the government should have the right to ask a “basic question.”
  • Trump tweeted: “Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020.”
  • DOJ spokesperson Kelly Laco said: “The Department of Justice will continue to defend this administration’s lawful exercise of executive power.”
  • Civil rights groups have said that the question is discriminatory and unfairly targets immigrants and people of color and fear these people won’t participate in the census, which would affect funding and congressional districting.
  • Supporters say the question “would help with enforcing Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which deals with voting practices that discriminate based on race.”

Reference Links

  • BBC: Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question or now READ
  • Fox: Trump seeks 2020 census delay after Supreme Court blocks citizenship question READ
  • CNBC: Trump says he wants 2020 census delayed after Supreme Court setback on citizenship question READ
  • USA TODAY: Trump says he asked lawyers if census could be delayed after Supreme Court decision on citizenship question READ

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