US JUDGE HALTS WINDING DOWN OF 2020 COUNT BY CENSUS BUREAU

Written by on September 7, 2020

THE US CENSUS BUREAU MUST SUSPEND WINDING DOWN OPERATIONS, WHICH IT HAS DONE TO EXPEDITE THE 2020 COUNT OF US RESIDENTS, ACCORDING TO A FEDERAL JUDGE’S ORDER.

US DISTRICT JUDGE LUCY KOH IN SAN JOSE LATE ON SATURDAY ISSUED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST THE CENSUS BUREAU AND THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, WHICH OVERSEES THE AGENCY. THE ORDER STOPS THE CENSUS BUREAU FROM WINDING DOWN OPERATIONS UNTIL A COURT HEARING IS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 17.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S EXPEDITED PLAN AIMED TO END THE ONCE-A-DECADE HEADCOUNT OF EVERY US RESIDENT BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER, AFTER THE INITIAL TIMELINE WAS THROWN INTO CHAOS AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

HOWEVER, A COALITION OF CITIES, COUNTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS HAVE CHARGED THAT ENDING THE COUNT EARLY WOULD RISK OFFICIALS OVERLOOKING MINORITY COMMUNITIES IN THE CENSUS, LEADING TO AN INACCURATE COUNT.


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