Tuesday, June 4, 2019
In an earlier post on ImmigrationProf blog, the ACLU and other civil rights groups asserted that a Republican political operative helped draft the department’s request to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision whose legality the Supreme Court is likely to decide within weeks. In a brief filed in United States District Court in Manhattan, the department said flatly that the operative, Thomas B. Hofeller, had no role in its request to the Commerce Department in December 2017 for a citizenship question.
“There is no smoking gun here; only smoke and mirrors,” the department’s brief stated.
The prior blog post, with updated response from the DOJ, is here.