Galvin: Ruling on citizenship question helps Massachusetts

January 15, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are applauding a ruling by a federal judge in New York blocking the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census.

Secretary of State William Galvin says the citizenship question could result in a “significant undercount” of immigrants living in Massachusetts. The Democrat says that in turn could mean a loss of federal aid to Massachusetts cities and even the possible loss of a congressional seat in the next census.

Massachusetts was among several states that signed on to a lawsuit against the Commerce Department.

U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman ruled Tuesday that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross did not follow proper administrative procedures before adding the citizenship question. The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to have the final say on the matter.

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