Lower court ruling upheld in blow to Trump, but commerce department may have time to advance alternative reasoning

The Trump administration will not be able to move ahead with its original, highly controversial plan to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 US census, after the supreme court on Thursday upheld a lower court decision rejecting the commerce department’s stated justification for doing so.

The ruling represented a setback for the president – though perhaps only a temporary one.

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