The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear oral arguments in February concerning a challenge by 18 states to President Donald Trump’s administration’s contentious decision to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are citizens.
The legal question concerns the scope of evidence that a New York-based federal judge can consider at a trial in the case, which has almost concluded. The court said in a brief order that the case will be heard on Feb. 19.
Opponents of the citizenship question have said it would deter people in immigrant communities from participating in the census, disproportionately affecting Democratic-leaning states’ electoral representation and federal funding by undercounting the number of residents.
At issue #SCOTUS census case is whether those challenging addition of citizenship question can depose Commerce Secretary Ross over his motivation for adding question. Some background: https://t.co/BJxi6h1ajY
— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) November 16, 2018
NEW: Admitting articles written by Census Bureau employees, Judge Furman closes the trial record of the citizenship question challenge – with one exception.
SCOTUS still needs to rule on Wilbur Ross’s testimony.
Closing arguments on Nov. 27.
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— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) November 16, 2018
Witnesses in the census trial have finished their testimony. The judge said he may hear from one more – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – if the Supreme Court allows it https://t.co/hwUB35S8mN
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) November 15, 2018