SCOTUS To Hear Census Citizenship Question Case

Talking Points Memo reports:

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. The Supreme Court’s move is the latest dramatic turn in a case that has proceeded in a remarkable way.

The Justice Department appealed the decision directly to the Supreme Court — bypassing an appeals court review — because it faces a deadline this year for printing the survey forms. Arguments in the case will be heard in April.

It’s hard to imagine a case with political stakes much higher. The decennial census determines how political power and government resources are doled out across the country, and an undercount of immigrant communities will skew that power and those resources away from them.