BREAKING NOW: Federal Judge Blocks ‘Citizenship Question’ on 2020 US Census

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A federal judge rejected the Trump administration’s decision to include a “citizenship question” on the upcoming 2020 US census Tuesday; claiming the inclusion of citizenship status would likely “hurt immigrants.”

“A federal judge on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration’s plan to add a U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 census, the first ruling in a handful of lawsuits nationwide that claim the question will hurt immigrants,” reports Reuters.

“U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concealed his true motives in adding the question last March, ostensibly to help the government enforce the federal Voting Rights Act. Only American citizens can legally vote in federal elections,” adds the article.

The lawsuit -which includes 18 U.S. states and over a dozen independent organizations- argues asking for citizenship status would likely dissuade Latinos and other immigrant communities from taking part in the census.

Read the full report at Reuters.

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