For the second time, a Federal court blocked a controversial citizenship question from the 2020 census
Judge Richard Seeborg wrote that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “ignored” federal law when he added the question.
Seeborg cited evidence he said shows the question lowers self-response rates among immigrants and non-citizens.
He indicated that could impact the number of congressional lawmakers elected from each state.
The census is meant to count everyone living in the U.S. not just citizens for congressional representation and numerous other reasons.
Opponents argue non-citizens will be too scared to fill out the form due to the citizenship question resulting in an inaccurate count.
But Ross contended the question was needed to enforce the voting rights act.
It was first blocked in January by a federal judge in New York.
The Supreme Court is expected to hear an appeal to that decision this spring.