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Another federal judge blocks 2020 census citizenship question

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco on Wednesday became the second federal judge to block the Trump administration's plan to include a citizenship status question on the 2020 census, a controversial request that has triggered a slew of court challenges.

Details: Seeborg wrote that adding the question to the decennial census, which is used to apportion congressional seats, is "quite effective at depressing self-response rates among immigrants" and that it "poses a significant risk of distorting" congressional representation among the states. The Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on April 23 to review the government's appeal of a New York federal judge's decision in January to eliminate the question.

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