Trump DOJ Is Still Reviewing "All Available Options" to Revive Census Question

Saul Bowman
July 8, 2019

"Despite the Supreme Court's decision to block the inclusion of a citizen question on the USA census, President Trump will not drop his bid to include this discriminatory question that would jeopardize the accuracy and legitimacy of census data", said Cuomo.

The next day he tweeted that officials would work through the holiday on the question and on Friday, he said he is "very seriously", considering an executive order to put the citizenship question on the census.

Imagine if millions of USA citizens concerned about this willful corruption of the accuracy of the Census, and the resulting false count of the U.S. population for redistricting purposes, and for the important allocation of federal aid to the states, were to simply check the box on the completely anonymous Census form claiming that they are not U.S. citizens. "We're working on a lot of things, including an executive order". As recently as June 20, Solicitor General Noel Francisco reminded the justices of the need for a quick decision, writing that "for all practical purposes, the Census Bureau needs to finalize the 2020 questionnaire by June of this year".

President Trump mentioned on Friday an govt converse became as soon as amongst the alternatives he became as soon as inquisitive about to power the request on to the census. U.S. District Judge George Hazel said proceedings would continue after learning the administration still meant to add the question.

The President remains in contact with outside advisers and is frustrated that the DOJ seemed to be throwing in the towel and has complained that Chief Justice John Roberts should be responsible for the failure to get the question on the census, not the President, according to the source.

The Justice Department did not say exactly what options remain now.

The Supreme Court ruled that administration officials had given a "contrived" here rationale for including the question. One of the three federal judges who rejected the census question asserted that the Trump administration obscured Mr. Jofeller's strategy in bringing its case.

Commerce Secretary Ross already noted that the Census Bureau started printing the questionnaires without the citizenship question.


"Number one, you need it for Congress - you need it for Congress for districting", Trump told reporters on Friday.

Congressional districts are drawn in accordance with entire populations reasonably than the option of real voters.

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department announced that it had begun printing copies of the census without the question.

If he attempts to invoke an executive order now to order the question included, it will likely be challenged in the courts, and the courts will sustain the objection and cancel the order, and the Census will be issued as it currently stands.

The request - "Is that this particular person a citizen of the United States of America?" - has now no longer regarded on a U.S. census for all People since 1950, though it has been requested to some subsets of the population between 1970 and 2000.

"And you're not allowed to ask them, 'Are you a citizen?' " Trump said.

"The Trump administration many occasions argued the census kinds couldn't be altered after June 30".

Adding a question about immigration on the census, a move now being battled in court, could potentially skew congressional district lines in favor of white, rural citizens while siphoning voting power from cities with large immigrant communities.

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