In a 5-4 decision, the high court sent the case back to the lower court, effectively barring the Commerce Department from putting the citizenship question on census forms for now.
This decision is good for Queens, Brooklyn and New York City.
As elected officials and community groups across the city have made clear, the citizenship question is intended to strike fear in the hearts of immigrants, which would lead to an undercount.
That would translate to less federal funding for New York City’s communities, affecting investment in schools, health care and infrastructure.
It would also mean less representation in the House of Representatives. After the 2010 Census, New York lost two congressional seats. The state is expected to at least one more after the 2020 count.
While the citizenship question appears to be blocked, a victory in the fight to be counted, the larger battle is not over.
When the forms are printed, whether it contains the question or not, all of our family, friends and neighbors must fill it out.
We must rely on community and grassroots groups, who have established trust and key relationships in local neighborhoods, to get the message out immediately.
If you’re part of a civic group, community board or block association, let your members and colleagues know too.
We all have a role to make sure all New Yorkers, no matter what their documentation status, is counted.
As for the fate of the citizenship question, let’s hope the Supreme Court makes the right call again should the Trump administration file another challenge.