AG Letitia James announces major win over Trump administration in Census case

AmNews Staff Reports | 1/17/2019, 1:17 p.m.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a victory in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to demand a ...
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New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a victory in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to demand a question about citizenship information on the 2020 census.

The decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which vacated Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision to add the question, states that adding a citizenship question is “unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons.”

In April 2018, the New York State Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 census. New York is leading a coalition of 34 states, cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in this case. The multistate and multicity suit was consolidated with a case brought by multiple nonprofit groups.