The Trump administration will pay $846,000 to the state of California to cover costs of California’s lawsuit about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
California sued the administration earlier in the year over the plan to add a citizenship question, saying that it would underrepresent minorities in the state and could cost it billions in funding. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the administration didn’t make its reasons for adding the question clear, but timing did not allow the administration to clarify its reasoning in time for the Census to proceed as planned.
The administration ended up dropping the idea of a citizenship question for 2020, although it could still decide to include one for the next census.
Trump decided to use other means to get as much citizenship data as possible.
An executive order now directs executive agencies to provide all the citizenship data allowed by law to the Commerce Department.
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