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SCOTUS sides with Trump on constitutionality of census citizenship question, but the question is still unlikely to appear on 2020 forms due to remand

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A 5-member majority said the administration has a right to reinstate a question about citizenship, but that they need to come up with a better explanation for doing it.

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In a complicated 5-4 ruling handed down on its last day of its most-recent session, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question to the census complied with the constitution, but also effectively blocked its implementation for the 2020 survey.

In short, the ruling finds that the executive branch has a right to reinstate a question about citizenship, but that they need to come up with a better explanation for adding it.

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