A federal district judge in New York has ruled against the Trump administration in its attempt to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The question, many believe, would cause undocumented immigrants to not respond to the constitutionally-required survey, thus undercounting possibly millions of people in the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, of the Southern District of New York, noted that if the question were to be included, “hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people will go uncounted.”
Judge Furman also laid out other reasons for overruling the Trump administration, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (photo) did not include the question on time, a topic of much investigation.
The census has a multitude of practical, real-world, every day applications. In addition to being used to determine how and where $675 billion in federal funds are spent, it determines the number of Representatives in Congress each state is allotted.
Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, an expert on voting rights, called Tuesday’s judicial ruling a “huge victory for democracy.” He adds:
Federal judge ripped Commerce Sec Wilbur Ross for adding citizenship question to 2020 census, saying he “alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued evidence” “acted irrationally” & basically lied about needing the question to enforce Voting Rights Act pic.twitter.com/AENpXekIz2
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 15, 2019
Last year Berman wrote that the Trump administration was “rigging the census,” in an effort “to sideline minority populations in 2020” that “will undermine democracy for decades to come.”
The Trump administration is expected to appeal.
The Huffington Post, which first reported on the ruling, adds that the “Supreme Court will hear oral argument on what evidence the courts can consider in the case in February.”
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Watch: NY State Passes Laws to Protect Transgender People and Ban ‘Ex-Gay’ Conversion Therapy
It took 15 years but lawmakers in New York State have just voted to protect the civil rights of transgender people. The Legislature also voted to ban harmful and dangerous ex-gay “conversion therapy.” Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign both bills.
Conversion therapy belongs in the dustbin of history. Looking forward to signing this bill and ending this discredited, harmful practice in New York State.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 15, 2019
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) expands New York’s Human Rights Law to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identification or expression in areas of employment, education, credit, and housing, as the NY Daily News reports.
Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman posted video of the moment GENDA passed:
This was the scene in the state Senate has GENDA was approved pic.twitter.com/HUcAAo0Omb
— Nick Reisman (@NickReisman) January 15, 2019
GENDA “would also update the state’s hate crimes law to include offenses motivated by a person’s gender identify or expression.” It has been introduced in every New York State legislature since 2003. Over the years Senate Republicans were able to vote it down.
NY State Senate Republicans also were able to quash a ban on conversion therapy over the years. But after Democrats won the Senate in November, both bills passed on Tuesday.
“Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice,” Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, the bill’s sponsor, said, as the Times-Union reports. “It is built on the denial of LGBTQ people’s basic humanity, jeopardizes young people’s mental health, and is a perversion of mental health professionals’ mission to help.”
New York becomes the 15th state (and D.C.) to ban conversion therapy.
State Senator Brad Hoylman joined the celebration on Twitter:
Feel proud. You are loved. https://t.co/Pt3HfzMKZs
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) January 15, 2019
HRC’s Charlotte Clymer notes, “Elections matter!”
Thrilled that the New York State Legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (#GENDA), protecting gender identity and expression, and a bill banning so-called “conversion therapy”, an abusive practice targeting LGBTQ youth.
Elections matter! 💜💙💚💛🧡
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 15, 2019
Our Senior Attorney @ethanboehmerice speaks about #GENDA: It is incredibly important for #transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers, especially trans youth, that these protections are passed. #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/nocZT7S470
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) January 15, 2019
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