Democrats and liberal judges have completely blocked the effort to include a question about United States citizenship on the next census.
So Trump has announced a work-around by executive order. It will entail the sharing of that information through various federal agencies.
FOX News has details:
Trump, ‘not backing down’ in effort to count citizens amid census fight, announces executive order
President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday, announced that he would “immediately” issue an executive order to get an accurate count of non-citizens and citizens in the United States — a measure Trump said would be “far more accurate” than relying on a citizenship question in the 2020 census.
The move would make use of “vast” federal databases and free up information sharing among various federal agencies concerning who they know is in the country, Trump said.
“Today I’m here to say we are not backing down in our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” the president told reporters, after slamming Democrats he said were playing politics with national security.
He called legal opposition to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census “meritless.”
Speaking after Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr said the information collected via the executive order could be useful in determining the makeup of the Electoral College and congressional apportionment.
“That information will be used for countless purposes. For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes. … We will be studying this issue,” Barr said.
Watch the video below:
It was great when William Barr called out the hypocritical media:
AG Barr says that “in the hysterical mode of the day,” some in the media suggested that the Administration was planning to add a Citizenship question to the 2020 Census "by executive fiat," defying court orders. "This has never been under consideration," he said. pic.twitter.com/n76ESAvlRC
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 11, 2019
This is the bottom line:
There won't be a citizenship question in the Census 2020, but the Trump admin. will try to get # of citizens and non-citizens by other means and add that info to the census results. That would impact the next round of redistricting. States like NY could lose House seats.
— Juan Manuel Benítez (@JuanMaBenitez) July 11, 2019
That’s why Democrats are so opposed to this.
As usual, it’s all about politics.