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By Dartunorro Clark
The US Supreme Court announced on Friday that it is expanding the scope of the case against the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship issue to the 2020 census, agreed to determine whether the move violated Constitution.
The move comes after a federal judge in California derived earlier this month as trade secretary Wilbur Ross, whose authority oversees the census, contravenes the constitution's enumeration clause because the citizenship problem prevents the government from making a precise count of each living person in the country.
A federal judge in New York also blocked the administration from including the issue, decided in January that Ross "violated public confidence" by adding it. The judge called Ross & # 39; s decision "arbitrary and pleasing" because it would "substantially reduce the response rate among immigrants and Spanish-speaking households".
Ross claims that the issue was set in his direction after he received a letter from the Ministry of Justice at the end of 201
The Supreme Court said earlier that it would investigate whether the issue is contrary to federal administrative law. The court will hear arguments in the case of April and rule before its mandate ends in June.
Last year, a coalition of 17 states, Washington, DC and six cities sued the Ministry of Commerce, citing anxiety that fewer immigrants will respond to the survey, thereby lowering the accuracy of the 2020 census, which determines the funding allocation and how political districts are drawn. Judicial and immigrant groups also sued to block the issue.