Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano slammed the Trump administration’s efforts add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, arguing that including the controversial question would be unconstitutional.
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Napolitano, who previously served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge, argued Wednesday on his Fox News Digital show Judge Napolitano’s Chambers that under the Constitution, the census can only ask “how many people live in this dwelling?” However, he explained that over time, Congress “in defiance of the Constitution” has authorized the Census to include additional questions as long as they can “demonstrate a rational basis for doing so.”
The legal expert then explained the Supreme Court ruling at the end of last month, which blocked the government from adding the citizenship question as President Donald Trump’s administration has attempted to do. In its split decision, the top court’s majority opinion said that the administration’s rationale for adding the question was “contrived.” However, the ruling left open the possibility that the administration could later provide a valid rational and then add the question.