An Obama-appointed federal judge in New York blocked the Department on Justice from changing its lawyers in the cases involving the citizenship question.
U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman, an Obama appointee, ruled against allowing the DOJ to switch out its legal team and add new lawyers to the case over the Trump administration\'s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Furman said government lawyers\' motion for the change was \"patently deficient\" except in the case of two lawyers who have left the department.
\"Defendants provide no reasons, let alone \'satisfactory reasons,\' for the substitution of counsel,\" Furman wrote.
The Justice Department was trying to switch out its legal team after some of its attorneys gave up on the fight.
Attorney General Bill Barr said he had learned from a top DOJ civil attorney leading the litigation effort that several people on the team did not to continue.
So he was trying to add new lawyers who wanted to work on the case.
Trump has vowed to continue his effort to include the question since the Supreme Court gave a June 27th ruling that a citizenship question was not necessary on census forms for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
The ruling was very strange.
The Supreme Court struck down the case 5-4, with \"conservative\" Justice John Roberts siding with the four liberal Justices.
But Roberts wrote that it was perfectly legal to add the census question, but essentially argued that the Trump administration needed to make a better argument.
So if they make a stronger case, perhaps Roberts was indicating that the SCOTUS would side with the Trump administration and rule they can include the citizenship question.
The Trump administration adding the citizenship question is a big deal.
In 1911, the number of U.S. House of Representative seats was permanently set at 435, where all 50 states have at least one Representative.
Other Representatives are allocated based on population figures determined by the U.S. Census every ten years.
By including the question on whether an immigrant is in the U.S. legally or illegally, federal immigration authorities will be able to have updated data on how many illegal immigrants are in the U.S.
And given that a portion of immigrants likely won\'t answer the citizenship question, states like California -- who harbor illegal immigrants -- may lose some federal funding for programs that assist immigrants.
If states report fewer immigrants, it could harm federal grants and funding they receive.
Democrats believe asking people to verify if they are authorized to be in the U.S. is unconstitutional and against federal law.
Democrats do not want a citizenship question on the 2020 census because they think it is \"racist.\"
But this is not over yet, as the president appears to be indicating that his administration will not go out without a fight.