Trump on track for Supreme Court victory on census citizenship question

  • The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Tuesday appeared inclined to hand President Donald Trump a victory on his administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a move opponents call a Republican effort to deter immigrants from taking part.
  • Roberts challenged New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, whose state sued the administration over the plan to add the question, saying citizenship is critical information for enforcing the Voting Rights Act. Roberts also said it is "quite common" for census questions to capture demographic information.
  • They also appeared skeptical about the administration's stated justification regarding the Voting Rights Act. U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, arguing on behalf of the administration, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department includes the Census Bureau, acted within his discretion in deciding to add the citizenship question.

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