Wilbur Ross

Supreme Court takes up Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship in census

Supreme Court takes up Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship in census

The Supreme Court added a politically explosive case to its low-profile docket Friday, agreeing to decide by the end of June whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census form sent to every American household.

The census hasn't asked the question of each household since 1950, and a federal judge last month stopped the Commerce Department from adding it to the upcoming count. He questioned the motives of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and said the secretary broke a "veritable smorgasbord" of federal rules by overriding the advice of career officials.

Those opposed to the question argue the census response rate will likely...

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