UPDATE | S. Court blocks citizenship question from 2020 Census


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today put a hold on the Trump administration's effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The court said the Trump administration's explanation for wanting to add the question was "more of a distraction" than an explanation. The administration had cited the need to improve enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

There was no immediate response from the White House on either Supreme Court decision today.

It's unclear whether the administration would have time to provide a fuller account. Census forms are supposed to be printed beginning next week.

Chief Justice John Roberts had the court's opinion, with the four liberals joining him in the relevant part of the outcome.

A lower court found the administration violated federal law in the way it tried to add a question broadly asking about citizenship for the first time since 1950.

The Census Bureau's own experts have predicted that millions of Hispanics and immigrants would go uncounted if the census asked everyone if he or she is an American citizen.

Immigrant advocacy organizations and Democratic-led states, cities and counties argue the citizenship question is intended to discourage the participation of minorities, primarily Hispanics, who tend to support Democrats, from filling out census forms.

10:48 a.m.

CNN is reporting the U.S. Supreme Court, for now, has blocked the citizenship question from being asked on the 2020 Census.

This is a breaking news story. Check Vindy.com for updates.

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