An Obama-appointed federal judge sanctioned the Trump administration Thursday, ruling that the White House did not provide sufficient documentation amid its failed attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
Jesse Furman, a federal judge for the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ordered the Trump administration on Thursday to pay attorney fees as punishment.
The administration, Furman found, did not provide hundreds of relevant documents that should’ve been turned over when it was sued for trying to add a citizenship question on this year’s census survey.
In 2019, the administration waged a protracted courtroom battle to add a question to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire asking individuals whether they are citizens of the U. S. The challenge was led by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has been behind a number of lawsuits targeting the Trump administration, particularly regarding its immigration agenda.
The fight went all the way to the Supreme Court last summer, and the administration eventually gave up on the idea.
Furman, who initially ruled against the question being included in the census, followed up on the Supreme Court’s ruling a month later by issuing an order that permanently blocked the White House from adding the question.
After Furman’s order, the same progressive organizations that successfully blocked the question sought sanctions against the administration, arguing that they withh... (Read more)
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