Conservatives want the national census to include a question about United States citizenship so we can begin to determine how many people are in the country illegally.
Liberals oppose this idea for obvious reasons and are fighting to keep the question off the census.
Trump might use an executive order to keep it on the form.
ABC News reports:
White House exploring executive order to deal with census citizenship question
President Donald Trump is exploring using an executive order to move forward with the battle over the 2020 census question, sources familiar with the discussions told ABC News.
While the White House may be discussing the potential of an executive order, it is not yet clear how much that will factor into the rationale the Department of Justice lawyers are preparing to bring before the Maryland district judge by the Friday deadline, according to one administration official. Sources said that as of Thursday afternoon, an executive order was not part of the DOJ deliberations.
The Washington Post was first to report an executive order was under consideration.
“The Supreme Court ruled that it is legal to have a citizenship question in the census if there’s an appropriate explanation – and it should come as no surprise President Trump is looking at every option within his legal authority to add such a question.” said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.
Naturally, some people on the left are already freaking out over this possibility.
The Hill reports:
New York AG slams reports of Trump executive order on citizenship census question
New York Attorney General Letitia James slammed President Trump on Friday after he said he’s considering using an executive order to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
“We will not sit idly by and allow the President to subvert the law. As we celebrate Independence Day, all of us, including the President, should be reminded that we live in a democracy, not a dictatorship, and must follow the law, even if we disagree with it. We will continue to move forward and make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census,” James said in a statement.
The attorney general, one of Trump’s fiercest legal rivals, called the prospect of an executive order “illegal.”
That would be the same New York attorney general who ran on a platform of basically investigating and prosecuting Trump for pretty much anything.
The left’s agenda couldn’t be more obvious.