Trump backs away from 2020 census citizenship question
“’Are you a citizen of the United States of America?’ ‘Sir, you can’t ask that question.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Cause the court said you can’t.’”
President Trump retreating from his push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census after a week of insisting his administration would continue to fight the issue in spite of a supreme court ruling dealing a blow to the effort last month.
President Trump instead signing an executive order to avoid further legal setbacks, “I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the department of commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country.”
But that plan was originally recommended by the census bureau to commerce secretary Wilbur Ross last year. In that memo, the bureau warned the census question is very costly, harms the quality of the census count, and would use substantially less accurate citizenship data that are available from administrative sources.
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The Gayly 7/12/2019 @2:09 p.m. CST.