Trump Administration Fails to Stop Lawsuits Over Census Question

The Trump administration has not managed to stop lawsuits over its decision to ask residents about their citizenship on census forms and Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore will be required to answer questions under oath, Bloomberg informed.

New York’s federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge from the Commerce Department to U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman’s ruling that allowed evidence gathering to proceed and required Gore to sit for a deposition.

Furman applied case law and made “careful factual findings” in making his decision, the appeals panel stated. This decision was released just two days after Furman had issued an order for the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be deposed in the case claiming that his “intent and credibility” are at stake.

Advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and more than a dozen states, cities and countries filed lawsuits against the department over Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census, saying the move discriminates against immigrants and will reduce the accuracy of the count by reducing participation.

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