Court Blocks Citizenship Question on U.S. Census

A federal judge in New York has blocked the Commerce Department from asking respondents of the 2020 Census if they are U.S. citizens. In addition to providing vital information regarding population size and income, census data is utilized in the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives and disbursement of federal funds. Including a question of this nature may induce fear and discourage participation of noncitizens which could lead to the exclusion of millions of U.S. residents from the process.