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Attorney General Letitia James Gets a Win in Census Case

NEW YORK – A lawsuit, filed in April by the New York State Attorney General’s Office to block the Trump Administration from requiring citizenship information in the 2020 Census has been upheld by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

In the ruling, the court, which vacated Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question, says adding a citizenship question to the Census is “unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons.”

“Today’s ruling is a win for New Yorkers and Americans across the country who believe in a fair and accurate count of the residents of our nation. The attempts by the Trump Administration to mandate a question about citizenship were not rooted in a desire to strengthen the census process and would only undermine our immigrant communities. Inciting fear in our residents is not only immoral, but also ill-conceived.

“Accurate population counts are imperative for allocating funding for critical programs and support systems and for determining fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

“I’m proud to lead this coalition of Attorneys General, states, municipalities, and immigration groups to ensure our processes are protected and that our federal government is fulfilling its responsibility to serve Americans. We will never stop standing up for the rule of law and the rights of all Americans.”

New York is leading a coalition of 34 states, cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in this case. The multistate and city suit was consolidated with a case brought by multiple non-profit groups.