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Cen­sus count on trial: A highly an­tic­i­pated trial be­gan this week con­cern­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s planned ci­ti­zen­ship ques­tion on the 2020 cen­sus. The plain­tiffs, a col­lec­tion of states and cities, along with im­mi­gra­tion ad­vo­cacy groups, ar­gue the ques­tion is de­signed to de­press cen­sus re­sponses among im­mi­grants. Cities in­clud­ing New York and Philadel­phia ar­gue it would cost them con­gres­sional seats and bil­lions in fed­eral fund­ing. An ex­pert for the plain­tiffs cited cen­sus data pre­dict­ing 5 to 12 per­cent of nonci­t­i­zen house­holds would not par­tic­i­pate if asked about ci­ti­zen­ship. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had said that the Jus­tice Depart­ment sug­gested the change to en­force the Vot­ing Rights Act. But on the eve of trial, plain­tiffs re­leased the de­po­si­tion of a for­mer as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral say­ing that Com­merce Sec­re­tary Wilbur Ross, who is close to Trump, in­sisted that the ques­tion be added.

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