U.S. Supreme Court Blocks 2020 Census Citizenship Query

From an Associated Press news story:

“In two politically charged rulings, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain and put a hold on the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.”

You can read the full story at: http://bit.ly/31UpdRP.

For more information about the arguments that led up to today’s Supreme Court decision, see my earlier articles about this issue by starting at: http://bit.ly/2ZUtbI9.

My thanks to the several newsletter readers who wrote to tell me about today’s court decision.


They need to do some more research. In the 1920 census and the three before that, there were questions about citizenship. So to say that there has not been a question about citizenship every asked before on a census is not correct.


    From the first page of the court’s decision:
    “There have been 23 decennial censuses since 1790. All but one be- tween 1820 and 2000 asked at least some of the population about their citizenship or place of birth. The question was asked of all households until 1950, and was asked of a fraction of the population on an alternative long-form questionnaire between 1960 and 2000. In 2010, the citizenship question was moved from the census to the American Community Survey, which is sent each year to a small sample of households.”


    Sharon Thomas said, “In the 1920 census and the three before that, there were questions about citizenship.”
    To put this in perspective: 1920 was also the first US Presidential election in which women could vote. So research is valuable, especially for the sake of history not repeating itself.


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