US Supreme Court halts census in latest legal twist

Gabriel C. Pérez  KUT

In Arkansas, an operation to send people into hard-to-count neighborhoods was suspended two days before the count was ending. The legal fight over whether the President can make this change is before the Supreme Court.

Thursday is the last full day to respond to the 2020 census.

A Supreme Court decision on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to move forward with a plan to move up the deadline for the US Census.

Thursday's deadline came after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration, which had argued the census needed to end immediately in order for the Census Bureau to have enough time to process the data to meet a congressionally mandated December 31 deadline for turning in apportionment numbers. "Census numbers are used to calculate the federal-state mixture of funding for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Transitional Aid to Needy Families".

By sticking to the December 31 deadline, the Trump administration would end up controlling the numbers used for apportionment, no matter who wins next month's presidential election.

That's why the Trump administration's decision to move the deadline up frustrates Boyce.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying that minority groups and others "will disproportionately bear the burden of any inaccuracies".

The Supreme Court's order was a loss for municipalities including Los Angeles, the counties that include Houston and Seattle, and civil rights groups including the National Urban League that sued seeking to get the later deadline reinstated.

They said the census schedule was cut short to accommodate a July order from Trump that would exclude people in the country illegally from the numbers used to decide how many congressional seats each state gets. As noted above, the real goal for Democrats and the Left was to push back the census completion date in order to secure greater redistricting power.

The U.S. Census Bureau will accept census responses online at through October 15 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time.

Census data from the previous Census equals around $3,000 per Michigander each year, and around $5,000 per each Detroiter.

The U.S. Census Bureau now lists every state, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico at 99.9 percent counted when including enumerated nonresponse followup by census workers.

An appellate court panel upheld Koh's order allowing the census to continue through October but struck down the part that suspended the December 31 deadline for turning in apportionment numbers.

"Under the Constitution, the federal government must conduct a complete and accurate Census, and this duty should not be trumped by adherence to a statutory deadline that never envisioned a once-in-a-generation pandemic", said Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Oversight Committee, which has investigated the Trump administration's handling of the census.

"For every person that's not counted, that amounts to about $1,200 dollars per year per decade that OH will lose, because once that Census is taken, that's the number", he says.

The decennial count is also used to determine the allocation of around $1.5 trillion in federal funding to states. The California city was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Executive Director for the City of Detroit's 2020 Census Campaign, Victoria Kovari, is urging people who have not yet completed their form to do so immediately.

The case arose after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross changed a plan to extend the count until October 31 due the coronavirus pandemic, calling for a halt to the collection of data at the end of September.