SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census “threatens the very foundation of our democratic system,” a federal judge said Wednesday.
Judge Richard Seeborg said the commerce secretary’s decision to add the question was arbitrary and capricious and would violate a constitutional requirement that the census count everyone in the country. Evidence showed the question would result a significant undercount of non-citizens and Latinos, the judge said.
Seeborg became the second judge to declare the move illegal, and the effect of his decision is limited. A federal judge in New York had previously blocked the administration from adding the question to the population count that occurs every 10 years, and the U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to review that decision. continue: Second judge calls census citizenship question illegal, says it threatens democracy