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Trump To Take Executive Action On Census Citizenship Question

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President Donald Trump will take executive action on adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census, an administration official confirmed Thursday to the Daily Caller.

The president floated an announcement on the citizenship question on Twitter, stating, “At [the Social Media Summit’s] conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.”

An administration official told the Daily Caller that Trump does intend to take action on the citizenship question, and the White House updated its daily press schedule to include presidential “remarks on citizenship and the census” Thursday evening.

According to a report in The New York Times, Trump may either issue an executive order or a presidential memorandum on the issue. While an executive order would attempt to unilaterally add the citizenship question to the Census, a memorandum would merely clarify the administration’s views on adding the question.

Any action taken by the president would be subject to legal challenges, as the Supreme Court issued an injunction preventing the administration from adding the citizenship question. The high court ruled in late June that the administration did not provide a sufficient explanation for adding the question, but offered them another opportunity to clarify its reasoning in front of the court.

The administration would likely have to file a motion related to the president’s executive action in order to overturn the injunction, the Times reported. Separately, Trump could face direct legal challenges to whichever action he chooses to take.

Trump announced in early July that he wanted his administration to continue to pursue legal action related to the Supreme Court’s decision on the citizenship question before printing the 2020 Census.

A version of this story appears on the Daily Caller website.

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4 Comments

  1. JACQUELINE STIGMAN

    July 11, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I hope those taking part in the census must answer to the question, Are you a citizen? And then prove it by showing their state ID. Instead of sending workers to take the census as I did once, maybe set up a site for them to report for the census. Adequately guearded. If people don’t show up with state ID proof of citizenship all state or city benefits including welfare, food stamps etc end. Enough.

  2. Diana

    July 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Yes it needs to be one of the first 5 questions your not a citizen you don’t have a right to Vote, own a home, drive a car, and not eligible for any of America’s programs, Social, security welfare None this is a question that should be on all important legal papers

  3. IMJustice

    July 11, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    And don’t forget, it was fine when Obama used executive privileges to
    take that question OFF of the census … Just fine …

    How clear can it get, that the powers of Globalism and Socialism
    want to rule the globe, and drown America along with all of the other
    participants …

    Don’t snicker or laugh people … If a Democrat gets in office, we are toast …
    Life as we have known will be reversed a couple of hundred years, as we are torn
    apart limb by limb, because of how we have raped and robbed the rest of the world
    with our white privilege and power …

    Funny thing is, ANYONE preaching or trying to see this through, either is dead broke poor,
    or so well off, it won’t matter, and their power and control will grow exponentially …

  4. Paul Passarelli

    July 11, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I see absolutely nothing wrong with undercounting (i.e. NOT counting) illegal aliens for the purposes of Congressional representation.

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