The Trump administration has been clear that despite pushback from Democrats, they plan to continue on with the citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a report by Fox News.
According to a Friday statement, the Department of Justice will pursue the option of questioning the citizenship, despite a court setback, possibly leaning on an executive order which President Donald Trump has indicated that he would be willing to issue.
“The Supreme Court ruled last week the administration had failed to articulate an adequate explanation for the push, essentially scuttling efforts to immediately add the question to the census forms,” Fox News reported. “The administration, though, had given mixed signals about its plans, and federal Judge George Hazel of Maryland had ordered government lawyers to respond by Friday afternoon about their intentions.”
“The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Commerce have been asked to reevaluate all available options following the Supreme Court’s decision and whether the Supreme Court’s decision would allow for a new decision to include the citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census,” the filing said.
“In the event the Commerce Department adopts a new rationale for including the citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census consistent with the decisions of the Supreme Court, the Government will immediately notify this Court so that it can determine whether there is any need for further proceedings or relief.”
Additionally, the president told reporters that he “very seriously considering” an executive order that would mandate that the question be on the census.
“We can do the printing now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision [from the Supreme Court],” he said.
“Think about it, $15-20 billion [on a census] and you’re not allowed to ask if someone’s a citizen,” he said.
“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!” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”
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! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019