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U.S. Census And Citizenship Question

Michelle R. Smith
Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments for and against the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

The majority conservative court appeared to favor the decision by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, to include the question.

Opponents argued that a question about citizenship would discourage participation. And that would make the decision unconstitutional because the question hinders the government’s ability to carry out the constitutional mandate to count heads once a decade. 

Today on All Sides, the 2020 Census and the citizenship question. 


  • Hansi Lo Wang, NPR National Correspondent
  • Angela Plummer, Executive Director, Community Refugee & Immigration Services
  • Daniel Tokaji, Ohio State University law professor
  • Ilya Shapiro, Director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, CATO Institute - Washington D.C.

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