Trump: ‘Very Seriously’ Considering Executive Order for Census Citizenship Question

President Donald Trump said Friday that he may issue an executive order in an effort to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census as his administration faces a Friday afternoon court deadline to reveal its plans.

“We’re working on a lot of things including an executive order,” Trump told reporters outside the White House as he left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. ““It’s one of the ways that we’re thinking about doing it, very seriously.

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His statement confirmed a Thursday report by Axios.

He also suggested that a query about citizenship could be added at a later date even if it is not on the questionnaire currently being printed.

Maryland-based U.S. District Court Judge George Hazel wants the administration to state its intentions by 2 p.m.

A White House spokesman said on Thursday that officials are examining “every option” available to add the query to the decennial population survey.

Trump administration officials have been scrambling in the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling on June 27 that blocked the inclusion of the question, saying administration officials had given a “contrived” rationale for including it. But the court left open the possibility that the administration could offer a plausible rationale.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Tuesday said the Census Bureau had started the process of printing the census questionnaires without the citizenship query, giving the impression that the administration had backed down.

But Trump then ordered a policy reversal via tweet on Wednesday, saying he would fight on, although the government has said the printing process continues.

The census is used to allot seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and distribute some $800 billion in federal services, including public schools, Medicaid benefits, law enforcement and highway repairs.

Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating and engineer a population undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant populations. They say that officials lied about their motivations for adding the question and that the move would help Trump’s fellow Republicans gain seats in the House and state legislatures when new electoral district boundaries are drawn.

Trump and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country. His hard-line policies on immigration have been a key element of his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.

A group of states including New York and immigrant rights organizations challenged the legality of the citizenship question, arguing among other things that the U.S. Constitution requires congressional districts to be distributed based on a count of “the whole number of persons in each state” with no reference to citizenship. Three different federal judges blocked the administration before the Supreme Court intervened.

The Supreme Court ruled that in theory the government can ask about citizenship on the census, but rejected the rationale given by the Trump administration for adding.

The administration had originally told the courts the question was needed to better enforce a law that protects the voting rights of racial minorities.

Administration officials had repeatedly told the Supreme Court they needed to finalize the details of the census questionnaire by the end of June.

Even if a citizenship question is not included, the Census Bureau is still able to gather data on citizenship, which the Trump administration could provide to states when they are drawing new electoral districts.

via newsmax

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14 comments

  1. Do whatever it takes to get the information we need. Alternate questions that may be considered; Place & date of birth, Date of naturalization if applicable, Do you speak and read English?

  2. Really, “legality is being applied”. Bet if someone spits out of a plane you think its raining. One party is trying their best to get as many illegals into their respective areas as possible to sway the vote to them ( evidence proves this is possible) and then use the courts to shackle the other party. Seems to me the only ones that will suffer and pay the price is the citizens of this country and the illigals.

  3. The citizenship question is absolutely necessary in order for the census to be valid. It is absolute foolishness and legal activism for it not to be included on the census form.

  4. If the citizen question is not on the census, I won’t be participating in it. My feelings are if they don’t ask the question then it is just junk! I would love to see them prosecute me when they don’t do a thing to these INVADERS.

  5. Keep up the great work President Trump! The best President ever! Not to mention the first lady she’s the best too! Now that America is great again, let’s keep it that way! Trump 2020!

  6. ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal Muslim pedophilia demoncrats and RINOs post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬

  7. Soros and his minions the NAZI Muslim Commie liberal party and RINOs are responsible for this treasonous act against the sovereignty of the U.S! It’s about time they’re are held accountable!Save the country from turning into another Commie shit hole!

  8. Treason is a badge of honor for the Godless NAZI Commie liberal Racist Muslim Demoncrat Party & RINOs! The party of hate, hypocrisy, lies, deception,Fake News(Russian Collusion & Jussie M hoax)the list is endless!And the clueless minions that follow them!

  9. Voter ID is required to prevent voter fraud!!!!!!!! This keeps the treasonous NAZI Muslim Commie demoncrats party (illegal aliens)from voting illegally!

  10. The Dems don’t want people to know how many illegals are in the country and how many of them vote. Judge Roberts seems to be in that category.

  11. Yes I believe the Census Question should not of been taken off. We need to make sure only American Citizens can vote for the the political party they choose and that they think it is right for this Great Country of ours. Let’s stop the Divide and come together as Americans and Citizens that know what they want for Representation for our Nation, sorry but no votes for people who are not Americans, we fought hard to get where we are in this Nation. I have signed Censues before we need it now more than ever. We need legal counts of voting not immigrants that have not been vetted yet. They dont know all the issues going on here. No illegals should be granted driving license’s so more votes can swing to one side or the other. Common sense let’s help our own US Citizens and the poor and homeless before we can help anyone else. I am a retired Soldier and DoD retiree for over 30 years. I am also an American Itilian,Hispanic American and Proud of it. Let’s stop the meddling in our election and come together under one Nation. Stand for our Nation and all our individual races. If we stand together we can do anything.

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