Lawyers ask judge to sign order banning citizenship question

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers fighting plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census are asking a judge to formally ban it days after President Donald Trump said he’ll no longer pursue it.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a letter to Judge Jesse Furman on Tuesday that defendants including the Commerce Department do not oppose the request.

Lawyers submitted a proposed order to Furman to permanently ban putting the question on the census “or otherwise asking a citizenship question as part of the 2020 decennial census.”

The Justice Department declined comment.

Last week, Trump announced he instead would try to ascertain the citizenship of 90 percent of the population or more by collecting data from seven government agencies.

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