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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