2nd Judge Blocks Citizenship Question From Appearing On 2020 Census

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2nd Judge Blocks Citizenship Question From Appearing On 2020 Census
​The judge wrote in his opinion that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had "ignored" federal laws when he decided to add a citizenship question.
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On Wednesday, a second judge blocked a controversial citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census.

The Northern District of California judge wrote in his opinion that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had "ignored" federal laws when he decided to add a citizenship question to the census. The judge also wrote the question could discourage immigrants and noncitizens from responding, which would in turn affect the way states are represented in Congress.

The ruling falls in line with a previous decision out of a federal court in New York. The Trump administration appealed that ruling directly to the Supreme Court in order to bypass the federal appeals court. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in late spring.

Another trial about the question just finished up in Maryland, and the judge in that case is expected to rule soon.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.