After Supreme Court Arguments, Odds of Keeping the Citizenship Question on the Census are Good For the Trump Administration

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019 1:35 PM
After Supreme Court Arguments, Odds of Keeping the Citizenship Question on the Census are Good For the Trump Administration

On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dept. Commerce v. New York, the case against the Trump administration for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. 

According to those who watch SCOTUS closely and were in the room, it looks like the Trump administration is on the way to a win.

From Bloomberg:

Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars.

In an 80-minute argument Tuesday that was both technical and combative, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh directed almost all their questions to the lawyers challenging the decision to ask about citizenship. Kavanaugh said Congress gave the Commerce secretary "huge discretion" to decide what to ask on the census.

A final ruling on the case will be announced by the end of June.