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Trump Administration Appeals to Supreme Court on Census Question

  • Government seeks to add question that asks about citizenship
  • Appeal seeks fast-track review of order blocking question
The U.S. Supreme Court building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. 
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, filing a quick appeal in the hope of resolving the issue in time to start printing questionnaires in June.

The appeal challenges a Jan. 15 trial court ruling that barred the Commerce Department from including the question. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had committed a “veritable smorgasbord” of violations of the federal law that governs administrative agencies.