The panel of judges will decide whether the question on nationality can be added to the 2020 Census by the end of June, hearing the case in April. Last month the Commerce Department was stopped from adding it to the form sent to every American household each decade by a federal judge.
Why the contention? The response rate could drop as much as 6.5 million people by asking if undocumented migrants are present in each household. Jeopardizing the accuracy of the population count, it could affect where congressional lines are drawn and ultimately democratic representation and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal spending.