The injunction is the first court order this fall to affect the course of the last counting weeks. Several other lawsuits are pending in courts across the country. This order is valid until a hearing on September 17th.
Groups protesting the move said the practice risked counting minority groups, including both legal and undocumented immigrants.
California-based judge Lucy Koh noted in the restraining order the concerns of groups suing the government “that every day the census fails to conduct its field operations to reach and count hard-to-reach populations Inaccuracy of the census increases count and thus increases its irreparable damage. “
At a hearing on Friday, a prosecutor argued that the administration only ceased operations in locations where more than 85% to 90% of households were considered complete.
However, the Census Bureau can mark a household complete that hasn̵
In August, the Trump administration announced it would cut the 2020 census schedule after originally planning to extend it due to the coronavirus pandemic.