Project on Fair Representation Files Amicus Brief Supporting 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Today, the Project on Fair Representation (POFR) filed an amicus brief in State of New York, et al v. the United States Department of Commerce, No. 1:18-CV-2921(JMF). The brief can be found here.

In December 2017, the Department of Justice urged the Department of Commerce to reinstate a previously-used citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census in order for DOJ to better enforce certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

In March 2018, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross agreed to DOJ’s request. New York, along with over a dozen other states and jurisdictions, has challenged the legality of reinstating a citizenship-status question to the 2020 decennial census claiming that, among other factors, this question will dissuade legal and illegal immigrants from participating in the enumeration.

To read the whole press release, click here.