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Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Expand Census Case

  • Letter points to new ruling barring citizenship question
  • Solicitor general asks court to decide constitutional issue
The U.S. Supreme Court building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to expand its scheduled April showdown over the 2020 census to decide whether the Constitution lets the government ask whether people are American citizens.

In a letter dated Monday, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the court should broaden the case to account for a new ruling that said the Constitution bars the inclusion of a citizenship question.