A third federal judge has struck down the Trump administration’s citizenship question on the U.S. Census, finding it “arbitrary and capricious,” in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.
Friday’s ruling by District Judge George Hazel in Maryland follows similar rulings out of California and New York. All three rulings found Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided to add the question despite evidence provided by Census Bureau officials that it would likely significantly depress the response rates in noncitizen and Latino communities.
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