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This is all things considered from n._p._r. news i'm ari shapiro in new york and i'm audie cornish in washington and a setback for president trump the supreme court has kept the citizenship question off the twenty twenty cents for now trump responded to today's decision in a couple of tweets he says he's asked lawyers they can delay the census so administration can try again to make the case for adding the question n._p._r.'s hunting awang joins the sound explain this ruling and how it will affect the national headcount hunting i just tell us about the decision itself what to the court have to say we'll majority of the supreme court justices says that the rationale the trump administration said for wanting to add this question to better enforce part of the voting rights act that rationale they called it said it seemed to be contrived and he said that there's a disconnect between the decision to add this question a question that since your research suggests is highly likely to discourage households from participating non-citizen households and participating the headcount and produce less accurate citizenship data than existing government records there's a disconnect between adding that question and wanting to have more detail citizenship data the president doesn't just want to try again with the court right he wants to delay the census is that even possible i mean ken the census be delayed the census is constitutionally mandated and federal law says it has to happen every ten years account has be taken around april first every ten years and there's a set schedule for the census bureau to provide a population count a new population count event eventually that goes to the redistribution of congressional seats that year after a census is taken so that would disrupt the formation of new government there's another deadline that president trump may be referring to which is there's this printing deadline census bureau has said that the forms for the twenty twenty cents is the start starting the excuse me starting to print that those forms has to start by monday july first the census bureau has said but census bureau officials have also said that with exceptional effort and additional resources that deadline could be pushed back to kober thirty first opponents of this question have been fighting it for more than a year how did they react to the ruling well lot of these challengers of the citizenship question more than two dozen states cities and other groups around the country ever really calling this a major victory they think that the ultimately speaking that practically it would be very hard for the trump administration to try to get the courts to allow them to add this question at this point given these very tight deadlines new york state attorney general letitia james spoke before president trump tweeted she spoke in new york city and she said that president trump's administration tries to come up with another reason for this question quote we will see them in court again let's listen to what else she had to say we need some finality in some closure to this because we need to engage in the sense it's it's required by the constitution and the constitution is clear everyone should be counted i want to back up for a second why are the stakes so high and why has this question become so controversial it's because when we're talking about the census we are talking about power and we are talking about money we're talking about how congressional seats in college votes are redistributed amongst the states every ten years based on population counts and we're talking about how close to nine hundred billion dollars a year in federal tax dollars are distributed for schools for roads for medicare for medicaid for other public services in local communities that money is guided how that money is how there's a fair share of that is guided by census numbers and the concern here is that this citizenship question census bureau research has shown is highly likely to discourage some households from participating the senses it also would be something that that three federal judges have blocked because they believe that this is a sham justification this question by using it what the trump says for better enforcement of voting rights act and it is a major concern they will risk the accuracy of next year said count is this over now no i am watching additional legal battles there is one happening in maryland we're watching to see if a federal judge there may issue an emergency order to essentially stop the trump administration from printing forms on monday and we'll see where that goes that's n._p._r.'s haunting long haunting thanks so much you're welcome now let's take a close look at a key part of the trump administration's plan to control migration at the southern border the new policy known as remain in mexico requires that asylum seekers wait in mexico for their day in u._s. immigration court n._p._r.'s joel rose has been reporting along the border and he's found thousands of migrants without lawyers confused and scared he joins us now from el paso high joel start by telling us what you found on the mexican side of the border in ciudad juarez well more than six thousand migrants have been returned to juarez so far most of them are poor are staying in shelters run by churches in town waiting for their days in court and i was in that court yesterday and saw several families include leading young children from guatemala honduras el salvador the judge asked if they had lawyers and one by one almost all of them said no that is one of the biggest problems lawyers your estimate maybe twenty migrants out of the thousands who have been sent back to our as have found attorneys lawyers tell me that it is just too hard and time consuming to make this trek back and forth across the border to meet with clients wait times on the bridges can be several hours long why do the migrants say they feel afraid what are they afraid of well i've met a lot of migrants and none of them have told me that they feel safe in juarez the crime is rampant here and these migrants stand out there carrying all of their belongings sometimes you know they look destitute and they've become targets linda reveiz is a lawyer and one of the few nonprofit lawyers representing these migrants we talked outside immigration never have we dealt with clients.