(NBC News) The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
There appeared to be a clear divide between the court’s liberal and conservative justices during arguments in the case that could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives, as well as their share of federal funds over the next ten years.
Three federal courts have already blocked the citizenship question, ruling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross went about adding the question the wrong way.
The Trump administration argues Ross has the right to design the census, and that the citizenship question is constitutional because it’s been asked before and appears on smaller population surveys.
“Adding that particular citizenship question could lead to the undercounting in communities across America, particularly in immigrant communities and Hispanic communities,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said after the arguments. “It would mean that communities entitled to resources wouldn’t get those resources. It would deny certain communities of equal representation.”