On March 26, the Commerce Department announced that the 2020 census will include a question about U.S. citizenship. The Commerce Department was acting in response to a December request from the Justice Department to include the question for the stated purpose of better enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 17 state attorneys general and 7 cities filed a lawsuit on April 3 against the federal government claiming that the citizenship question would depress the number of responses from noncitizens, therefore unconstitutionally decreasing the population count used to determine representation in Congress for states with high non-citizen populations. Dr. John S. Baker, Jr. Visiting Professor of Georgetown Law will join us to discuss recent developments.

Featuring:

  • Dr. John S. Baker, Jr., Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law

 

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