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President Donald Trump announced Thursday he’ll be issuing an executive order directing federal agencies to provide the Commerce Department with records pertaining to “the number of citizens and noncitizens in our country.”

Speaking to reporters from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said his administration is “not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”

While Attorney General William Barr said the citizenship question would not be included on the 2020 census, Trump detailed what his administration will do instead.

“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,” Trump said, as ABC News reported.

“They must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately. We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the noncitizen population.”

The president’s remarks came two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that attempts to add a citizenship question to the census must be reviewed further by lower courts in the coming months.

While the ruling did not decide on the constitutionality of the citizenship question itself, most observers originally expected it meant the question would not appear on the 2020 census.

Instead of addressing the constitutionality of the question, the Court said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had provided inadequate rationale for why the question should be included.

“[T]he decision to reinstate a citizenship question cannot be adequately explained in terms of [the Department of Justice’s] request for improved citizenship data to better enforce the VRA,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the Court’s majority.

“Several points, considered together, reveal a significant mismatch between the decision the Secretary made and the rationale he provided,” he added.

After the ruling was announced, DOJ and Commerce Department officials seemed to suggest they would move forward without the citizenship question.

But Trump said last week his administration would not be giving up.

“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!” the president tweeted last Wednesday.

“We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”

“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 added in a Thursday tweet.

“Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice are working very hard on this, even on the 4th of July!”

Then on Friday, Trump said he could address the issue using an executive order.

“Are you going to issue an executive order on the census?” a reporter asked Trump from the South Lawn of the White House.

That’s a possibility, the president replied.

“We’re thinking about doing that. It’s one of the ways, we have four or five ways we can do it,” Trump said. “It’s one of the ways that we’re thinking about doing it very seriously.”

“We’re doing well on the census,” he added.

A version of this story appears on the Western Journal website.

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20 Comments
  • BRENDA says:

    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP

  • James says:

    THIS IS GREAT.
    we as a nation need to know who is a citizen or not.

  • scot_belle says:

    A little while ago…I listened to President Trump, as he explained the time-wasting ‘bureaucratic road blocks’ that have been thrown in the path of regaining the Citizenship question. WOW! The amount of Bureaucratic stall tactics are nothing less than a quagmire…designed to stall to past when the Census needs to be sent out. ;(

    Then…delighted to hear that an “end-run” solution…that side-steps the bureaucracy, by using the established bureaucracy….to be able to count American Citizens…vs. NON-Citizens.

    GO….President Trump!! 🙂

  • Dennis Wyatt says:

    Whatever or president thinks best

  • Geo Garcia says:

    The question was on the 2000 Census but not the 2010 because Barry had it removed..

  • Tommy Ryan says:

    I’m married to a LEGAL IMMIGRANT.
    She did everything the RIGHT WAY.

    Her reasoning is:
    “Why should someone else obviously breaking the law get for FREE what I paid for & work hard to keep? That’s stupid & the people who want that are stupid…& lazy!”

    You go, wifey! Tell it how it is!

    • William conley says:

      My wife feels the same way doesn’t use the exact same wording but the sentiment is the same lol.

  • Evangeline says:

    He always beats them at their game. lol Love our president!

  • Joseph Holland says:

    Our Great President, God Bless him and his family. We need that on the census, because they aren’t going to find out the other way, maybe they will get it fixed.

  • ProfRGP says:

    I believe that it would have been more prudent to ask, “Of what country are you a citizen?” instead of the proposed one for the census.

    • neo says:

      The reason the Dems are resisting it is it would cut down on the liberal representatives in places like Kalifornia where there are a massive amount of illegals and the dems get a representative that normally would go to another state with more citizens.

    • Nell Breaux says:

      President Trump is smarter than the whole dirty Swamp Rats. Thank God we finally have a real American President

  • Larry says:

    Once again the Prez outsmarts the left. They thought they won, but they are holding an empty bag. Is it possible these honest, hard working illegal welfare recipients would not tell the truth on the form?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Roberts is a traitor.

    • Roy Cook says:

      The dems have some embarrassing do do on Roberts!!! You can take it to the bank!

    • joe ferra says:

      Roberts is another bush dummy move besides invading Iraq. hopfully Ginsberg will either retire or bite the dust making Roberts irrelevant with a trump appointment of a real conservative.

  • Bill says:

    This is another smart move by OUR PRESIDENT!! We take a census so we will know who is living in which Congressional District. The dumbasscrats have been skating this issue for years, and THINK that counting illegals will help them get more seats in Congress. Once again, SCUMBAGS, they are not legal US citizens, and have NO rights — no right to vote, serve in our military, hold a public office, hold a drivers license, or receive any form of public assistance!!! Get that through your thick heads! They have no more rights in this country than a burglar who you catch eating out of your fridge!!!

  • Sue says:

    There is data in US databases, but it is hard to determine how accurate it is. Since Democrats have blocked an accurate, or more accurate, census question, they may find the data in US databases will not support their objectives. In fact, I can almost guarantee the data will benefit Republican voting districts, objectives, and election results.

  • Engineering-101: You cannot control the things you do not measure.
    Economics-101: You cannot control the things you do not measure.
    Business-101: You cannot control the things you do not measure.

    Politics-400: Don’t let them measure anything you control!

  • Michigan Man says:

    The reason the liberals are in a crisis mode is because Trump beats them in their own game. Gotta love it. Long overdue. They have been screwing the American citizens for decades.

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