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BREAKING NEWS | Supreme Court sends Census citizenship question to lower courts for further review

Jun 27, 2019

Supreme Court sends Census citizenship question to lower courts for further review 

This morning, by a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court returned the matter of including a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form to lower courts for further review. The court determined that including this question on the form would not violate federal law. However, it queried whether the Department of Commerce had given a genuine justification for including the question. Although the Department has some time to provide a better justification, the Census form must be final before the end of June.

Last year, Colorado Nonprofit Association submitted written comments to the Department of Commerce asking the Department to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. We expressed concerns that including this inadequately tested question is not necessary and it would likely have a chilling effect on Colorado’s Census response rates, especially from families of foreign-born Coloradans. We are pleased that the decision keeps the question off of the form for now and we want to hear from you! 

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