Trump considering executive order to add citizenship question on 2020 census

Trump considering executive order to add citizenship question on 2020 census

Trump considering executive order to add citizenship question on 2020 census

"So important for our Country that the very simple and basic 'Are you a Citizen of the United States?' question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts sent the issue back to the Commerce Department, saying it could try again.

His comments came as the Justice Department said it was still exploring its options for including a citizenship question.

"The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!" he said.

On Friday, they indicated in a fresh court filing that they were looking for new legal rationales for adding the citizenship question that might be accepted by the Supreme Court.

Friday evening, the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge in NY to permanently block the administration from adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter explained at RealClear Politics earlier this year that "the majority of censuses in US history have inquired about citizenship in one form or another".

"In the event the Commerce Department adopts a new rationale for including the citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census consistent with the decisions of the Supreme Court, the government will immediately notify this court so that it can determine whether there is any need for further proceedings or relief", the filing said. We have four or five ways that we can do it.

In June, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the addition of a citizenship question.

A reporter asked, "Are you going to do an executive order on the census?"

The Census Bureau had previously set a target date of early July to begin printing the questionnaire in order to have it prepared for delivery to the American public by the April 1, 2020, deadline.

Hazel, who had asked for a final decision from the government by Friday afternoon on whether it meant to press forward, issued an order saying the case will now move ahead. U.S. District Judge George Hazel said in a conference call on Wednesday with lawyers on both sides of the case that he was becoming increasingly frustrated with the mixed signals the administration was sending, first telling him on Tuesday that the question was off and then Trump tweeting the next day that the administration was "absolutely moving forward" with efforts to include the question.

Justice lawyer Josh Gardner still pointed out on Wednesday that "the Census Bureau is continuing with the process of printing the questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that process has not stopped". In order to obtain expedited consideration before the Supreme Court, the administration had said it had a June 30 deadline to resolve the issue. They've now changed their tune because the Supreme Court ruled against them.

Trump is facing "limited options", according to a person familiar with the matter, that include a potential executive order or adding the question as a supplement with the upcoming census forms, which are already being printed.

The Trump administration had said the question was being added to aid in the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters' access to the ballot box.

A former federal judge said if the president were to issue such an order, it would likely be successful legally.

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