ASA applauds the opinion released today in New York by U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman, which blocks the inclusion of an added question concerning citizenship in the 2020 Census.
While Judge Furman himself has suggested the case will likely be appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and, ultimately, to the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision will serve as an important precedent in the continued legal battle.
In August 2018, ASA joined numerous other professional and civic organizations in filing amicus briefs supporting plaintiffs in four lawsuits challenging the Commerce Department's intention to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form.
ASA’s Policy Response Team, which is tasked by ASA’s Board with evaluating the policy initiatives that the Society supports, was unanimous in support of these briefs.
ASA members who would like to obtain copies of the amicus briefs for these cases can email Public Policy Committee staff liaison Rob Lowe.