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The Latest Supreme Court considering census question case

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census (all times local):

11 a.m.

Conservative Supreme Court justices said little as a Trump administration lawyer defended the government’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. That could be an indication the court’s majority may be inclined to side with the administration.

Liberal justices peppered the administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer with questions as arguments got underway Tuesday. But they would lack the votes to stop the plan without support from at least one conservative justice.

The outcome could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives and their share of federal dollars over the next 10 years.

Three federal courts have blocked the question’s addition. Courts said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated federal law in the way he went about trying to include the question. The courts found that millions of Hispanics and immigrants would go uncounted.

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10 a.m.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. The question could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives and their share of federal dollars over the next 10 years.

Three federal courts have blocked the Commerce Department from adding the citizenship question. Those courts have ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated federal law in the way he went about trying to include the question on the census for the first time since 1950. The courts found that millions of Hispanics and immigrants would go uncounted.

The lower court judges dismissed Ross’ contention that the question is needed to aid in the enforcement of the federal Voting Rights Act.