Immigrant justice groups asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to postpone their legal challenge to add a citizenship issue to the 2020 census until claims that the issue was intended to strengthen Republican political benefits can be heard by a lower court
The administration has said it added the citizenship problem to improve compliance with the 1965 voting law, which was adopted to protect minority voters from discrimination.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents some of the contenders, has said it is a pretext, and its movement points to newly discovered evidence from a North Carolina redistricting case that it says shows citizenship originated from a republican strategist who wrote that it could be "beneficial for Republicans and non-Hispanic whites".
Three federal courts this year have ordered the citizenship problem after discovering that the Department of Commerce, which oversees the census, skirted federal law that requires transparency and reasonable policy change reasons. The government appealed to the Supreme Court, which is expected to decide the case before the end of the month.
MAIN TRANSFER COMMITTEE ACTION TO KEEP BARR, ROSS IN CONTEMPT, AS TRUMP ASSESSER EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE ABOUT CENSUS MATERIALS  "Census happens once in the decade, and there is no chance to make a transition," Dale Ho says. , an ACLU lawyer who argued before the courts in April. "The Supreme Court should not allow the Trump administration to add a citizenship issue to the census based on an incomplete and misleading record."
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice refused to comment on Wednesday's submission. The department previously denied the ACLU accusations and dismissed them as "an unfortunate deepening effort to track the supreme court's deliberation of this case."
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While time is running out to prepare the census forms, the ACLU said that the decades could continue according to schedule as long as the issue was resolved in October.
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