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US Federal Court Rejects Plans to Include Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

© AP Photo / Alex BrandonA sign for the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters campus. File photo
A sign for the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters campus. File photo - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A federal court in the United States has rejected the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question in the 2020 US census, an order filed on Tuesday showed.

The Census Bureau, under the supervision of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, included the question in the 2020 census forms, but in a 277-page court ruling, US District Judge Jesse Furman said Ross did not follow the proper procedures.

"In arriving at his decision as he did, Secretary Ross violated the law," Furman said in his ruling, adding that the Commerce chief "failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices."

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit to block the Trump administration's action, welcomed Furman's decision.

"This ruling is a forceful rebuke of the Trump administration’s attempt to weaponize the census for an attack on immigrant communities," Director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project Dale Ho said in a press release.

​In June, the ACLU filed the lawsuit in US District Court for Southern New York state on behalf of a coalition of immigrant-rights groups, claiming that the census question creates a door-to-door federal inquiry of the citizenship status of every member of every household in the United States.

READ MORE: US States File Suit to Block Gov't From Asking About Citizenship in 2020 Census

The US Constitution requires a census every 10 years to count every person in the United States, including citizens and non-citizens.

The census is used to allocate funding for various federal programs and to apportion representation in Congress, the Electoral College, and within state legislatures.

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