Judge dismisses lawsuit alleging census will under-count minorities

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U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of depriving the U.S. Census Bureau of the funding it needs to prevent an undercount of minority groups in the 2020 census.

The judge rejected a request for an injunction to force the bureau to use $770 million in left-over appropriations to send out more census-takers to visit homes and reach out to communities at risk of being undercounted.

The Brooklyn-based nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy Action and the city of Newburgh, New York, filed the case, arguing that federal cost-cutting would result in missing many African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, and homeless people.

The government said the claim was based on speculation, not evidence.

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