California Citizenship Suit Heads to January Trial

Federal Judge Richard Seeborg of California’s Northern District has set January 7 as the trial date for a suit challenging the Trump Administration’s attempts to place a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. The suit was brought by the state of California and the city of San Jose, and joined by various other government and nonprofit plaintiffs, in two separate cases merged by the federal court into one trial.

The suits are part of six legal challenges to the citizenship question filed by opponents across the country. Meanwhile, a federal judge in New York City is expected to rule soon on a suit brought there by New York state and a variety of other plaintiffs.

California, with a Latino population of about 40%, would be the most critically impacted by the additional citizenship question.

For media covering the California trial, a good background piece on the demographics of the state is a report by noted demographer Dr. William O’Hare titled Counting All Californians in the 2020 Census, with county-by-county data on all communities of color in Appendix A. Further, Arturo Vargas of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund is an excellent source of information on the implications of the California trial itself.