Undercounted states can lose out not only on political representation and Electoral College votes, but, very importantly, on federal funding that uses census data as a base. This can have a profound impact on individuals and families.
Census officials estimate that the US population could be up to 335.5 million. In 2010, the census count was $08.7 million.
President Donald Trump is seeking to omit undocumented immigrants from the census to put more Republicans in Congress.
"These types of processing anomalies have occurred in past censuses," census officials said.
“Instructions such as those identified above suggested to enumerators that they should falsify data to close cases quickly,” the lawsuit said.
Trump’s mission to change House representative seats violated the constitution and "federal laws governing the census and reapportionment."
"The harms caused by rushing this year's census count are irreparable. And respondents will suffer their lasting impact for at least the next ten years," Justice Sotomayor said.