1. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) California
"The census question is one purpose and that's to undercount our diverse communities. It's intended to hurt blue states like California. It will have real consequences, economic consequences and potentially from a representative perspective. We could actually lose a House seat in that process. We're doing perhaps more than any other state to offset the damage that's already been done because I want to acknowledge this. Regardless of the adjudication of the Supreme Court, the damage has been done."
California Governor Gavin Newsom says his state could suffer the most if a citizenship question is allowed in next year's census.
"It's intended to hurt blue states like California," he said.
Conservative Supreme Court justices were mostly silent Tuesday as a Trump administration lawyer defended the government's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, an indication the court's majority may be inclined to side with the administration.
Critics say adding the question would discourage many immigrants from being counted, leading to an inaccurate count, and liberal justices peppered the administration's top Supreme Court lawyer with questions as the court began hearing more than an hour's worth of arguments in the case.
But the liberals would lack the votes to stop the plan without support from at least one conservative justice.
How the justices rule could affect how many seats states have in the House of Representatives and their share of federal dollars over the next 10 years.
Three federal courts have blocked the Commerce Department from adding the citizenship question.
Those courts have ruled that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated federal law in the way he went about trying to include the question for the first time since 1950. They found that millions of Hispanics, who tend to vote for Democrats, and immigrants would go uncounted.