Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to add citizenship question to the census

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FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A trial will begin in federal court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in San Francisco, over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)

FILE - This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A trial will begin in federal court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in San Francisco, over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)

Guest: Ari Berman

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?” That’s the question the Trump administration wanted to add to the 2020 Census, but a decision by a U.S. District judge on Tuesday put a halt to the White House plans. We’ll talk about what is behind the administration’s effort to add the questions, why it’s so controversial, and yesterday’s court decision with ARI BERMAN, senior reporter for Mother Jones.

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