Monday, October 22, 2018

Supreme Court shields Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering questions in census controversy

As the controversy over the upcoming 2020 U.S. Federal Census continues, the Supreme Court of the United States stepped in to protect the Commerce Secretary from answering attorney's questions regarding his decision to add a question relating to citizenship.

As reported by the Post, "The Supreme Court on Monday shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering lawyers’ questions in a lawsuit challenging his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form.

The government had asked the Supreme Court to block questioning of Ross as part of a lawsuit filed by several states, including New York, and civil rights groups. The groups are seeking to stop the administration from adding a citizenship question to the decennial count."   » View the full Washington Post article by Robert Barnes and Tara Bahrampour

While we are not surprised to see the instant controversy, it is worth noting that citizenship or citizenship-related questions have been asked as far back as the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, then again in 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 and later efforts.

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