Trump Administration Submits Fresh Court Filings to include Citizenship Question in Census 2020
July 6 , 2019
The Trump administration lawyers have submitted a court filing on Friday, stepping up efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The concerned filings said that instructions have been given to the Department of Justice (DoJ) and Department of Commerce (DoC) for examining “whether there is a path forward”. US District Judge George J. Hazel in Maryland received the filings in a case for deciding on whether the inclusion of citizenship question in the 2020 Census would violate equal-protection guarantee and whether it is part of a conspiracy of driving down the count of minorities (which will ultimately benefit the Republicans in the presidential election). The judge has asked to collect information and conclude it by August 19, 2019. For witnesses to testify, the judge has given time till early September. Administration officials have confirmed that census form printing will continue without the citizenship question.