On Friday, NPR correspondent Hansi Lo Wang reported that the the state of New York is petitioning District Judge Jesse Furman to issue an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s officials from amending the 2020 Census to include a citizenship question:
JUST IN: Plaintiffs in #CitizenshipQuestion cases in New York ask US District Judge Jesse Furman to amend earlier ruling to stop Trump admin from “modifying” #2020Census to include #CitizenshipQuestion “at any time after June 30”
— Hansi Lo Wang (@hansilowang) July 5, 2019
The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, refused to reverse a lower court’s decision putting the change on hold as evidence mounted that the administration lied about the question’s purpose. The Justice Department initially moved to stop litigating the matter, but Trump ordered them to continue and is now suggesting he’ll reinstate the question by executive order.
Another district judge, George Hazel, has moved to allow discovery by plaintiffs on the citizenship question, to collect evidence that the administration deliberately sought to intimidate the Hispanic population and undercount non-white areas for congressional representation and funding.