The Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration Thursday morning; saying the White House’s case to include a “citizenship question” in the upcoming US Census failed to meet the necessary requirements.
“The Supreme Court found Thursday that the Trump administration did not give an adequate reason for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census,” reports the Hill. “The move is a surprise win for advocates who opposed the question’s addition, arguing it will lead to an inaccurate population count. The administration had argued the question was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act.”
The judges sent the matter back to the Commerce Department, who must now provide another justification for including the controversial topic.
Critics of the question say it will dissuade legal immigrants and others from taking part in the census process, while advocates say it will better provide an accurate depiction of the country’s 327 million residents.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in making the ruling.
Original Story: June 12, 2019
President Trump asserted his executive privilege last month on the topic; effectively blocking the release of documents regarding the upcoming census and the inclusion of a new “citizenship question.”
“President Trump has asserted executive privilege over congressionally subpoenaed documents on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday,” reports The Hill.
“The announcement comes the House Oversight and Reform Committee is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for the documents,” adds the article.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 12, 2019
“By proceeding with today’s vote, you have abandoned the accommodation process with respect to your requests and subpoenas for documents concerning the secretary’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in a written statement.
“The executive branch has engaged in good-faith efforts to satisfy the legislative needs of the committee. Moreover, until the committee’s abrupt decision to seeks a contempt resolution, the department was prepared to provide a significant number of additional documents responsive to the committee’s April 2, 2019 subpoena.”
“Unfortunately, rather than allowing the department to complete its document production, you have chosen to go forward with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote,” concludes the statement.