President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that his administration would not continue to peruse having a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but rather that he would exercise his executive power to allow the White House to obtain documents from all government agencies that would give them an accurate picture of the number of illegal citizens in the United States, much to the chagrin of many Democrats.
The president made his comments at a press conference on the White House grounds, where he remarked that some politicians are “trying to erase the existence of a very important word … citizenship.”
“Today I am here to say that we not backing down in our efforts to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” Trump went on.
“We will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population.
“It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the US populations. We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, non-citizens and illegal aliens are in our country.”
Trump went on to say that while the Department of Commerce was detained by lengthy litigation that would delay the census, they are making their data collection in another way, thanks to the information sharing executive order that he plans to sign.
“I am hereby ordering that every department and agency in the federal government with all requested records about numbers of citizens and non-citizens,” Trump said.
Fox News Host Juan Williams was especially irate, saying that not only was the president perpetuating fear-mongering, but he was also going after the courts and the left-wing with his comments.
“Hillary Clinton said today, this is weaponizing fear and bigotry, and I couldn’t agree more,” Williams said. “I think she’s right.”
Williams also stated his belief that the census is the responsibility of Congress and that Trump is “going around the supreme court and he is going around the Congress,” in order to ascertain the citizenship status of those living within our borders.
“What we know, is that Republicans came up with this idea as a way to depress non-whites in the country. This was part of the rational being employed by the Trump administration.”