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State leaders hail decision to drop census citizenship question

Decision comes nearly a week after U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked Trump administration's plan to add question

President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday dropped its plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision a local state assemblyman lauded as a "huge victory."

The action came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week in which the panel by a 5-4 vote said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's stated reason for including the question — allegedly to aid voting rights enforcement — "seems to have been contrived."

The high court said the agency could not include the question unless it was supported by a reasoned explanation.

The decision to drop the question was confirmed by the Commerce Department, which conducts the once-a-decade population count.

Ross said in a statement, "I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling. ... The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question.

"My focus, and that of the bureau and the entire department, is to conduct a complete and accurate census," Ross said.

A total of six lawsuits challenging the question were filed by states, cities, counties and organizations in federal courts in California, New York and Maryland.

They argued that including the question would result in an unfair undercount of noncitizens and Hispanics by discouraging them from participating in the census. Census population counts are used to determine legislative districts and amounts of federal funding.

In all six cases, federal trial judges issued preliminary injunctions blocking the use of the question. The Supreme Court ruled in two New York cases.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, stated, "We celebrate a foundational principle of our democracy: that everyone counts. California, like many others, fought to protect our people, our values, and our resources."

San Francisco participated in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New York by 18 states led by the state of New York, the District of Columbia and 14 cities and counties.

State Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, said in a statement that the decision "is a huge victory for all of California's 40 million residents. California is a big, beautiful, diverse state, and every Californian has the right to have their voice heard in the Census count."

The decision also "gives every Californian the confidence that they need to participate in the 2020 Census, which is critically important to their families and their communities," said Berman, who is the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Census.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Dale Ho, who represented a coalition of advocacy groups in the second lawsuit in New York, stated, "In light of the Supreme Court's ruling, the Trump administration had no choice but to proceed with printing the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question. Everyone in America counts in the census, and today's decision means we all will."

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14 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 3, 2019 at 10:39 am

The whole thing is a scam to discourage legal voting in districts with large non-white populations. Just like like the old poll taxes and what some states are doing now to make make it hard for low-income people to satisfy the voting ID requirements in those states. I'm glad that the Supreme Court is seeing through these scams.


16 people like this
Posted by POC count
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 3, 2019 at 10:47 am

> I'm glad that the Supreme Court is seeing through these scams.

Actually - read the 'decision'. Roberts said come back with it, but not to make it so freaking obvious.

Voter suppression is real. Suppressing the count of POC is real. Oddly, states like Texas support it, when it will cost them millions in federal funds when Texans are under-counted (documented, or undocumented.)


6 people like this
Posted by more fake news
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

this is more fake news being spread by the left-wing media. The Trump administration is absolutely going ahead with the citizenship question on the census. Read the president's Twitter account. Mountain View Voice you should have the professional integrity to correct or retract your story. it is ridiculous to say that asking whether the respondent is a citizen is illegal.. It was part of the census for over 100 years until it was removed by the democrat Clinton and Obama administrations.


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Posted by Green cards and visas
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2019 at 10:16 am

The question as posed lumps together everyone who is not a US citizen. If someone replies no, they could be any one of several types of visa holder or green card holder. Does the US know how many people live here under visa or green cards? Should they know?


30 people like this
Posted by more fake Twitter, jean
a resident of Castro City
on Jul 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

"Read the president's Twitter account."

I do. Do you? He contradicts himself on so many subjects, frequently within days or weeks.

He told us he was done with the question, then told us he wasn't. He's lying to his base, and most are too stupid to see it.


8 people like this
Posted by psr
a resident of The Crossings
on Jul 5, 2019 at 10:39 am

The only reason the state is angry abut this question is because they would get less federal money if we didn't count the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens here as if they were legitimate residents. It has nothing to do with voter suppression. California doesn't care about clean voter rolls as it actively resists the calls to audit the voter rolls and remove ineligible persons from the list.

The only people who should be voting are American citizens and the census should give us an accurate count of those people. California should spend less money fighting to perpetuate fraud and more money serving the citizens.


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Posted by @psr
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jul 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

It's so beautiful when the racism from people like you comes into contact with what the Constitution actually says. The seething anger in your post is the usual outcome.


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