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Citizenship Question Will Not Appear on 2020 Census

The decision comes after the Supreme Court sent the issue back to a lower court.

By NTK Staff | 07.03.2019 @9:22am
Citizenship Question Will Not Appear on 2020 Census

The Department of Justice reported Tuesday evening that the U.S. Census Bureau will print questionnaires for the 2020 census without a question regarding citizenship status.

The decision comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that the administration’s “explanation for adding the question was insufficient and sent it back to the lower courts for further consideration,” according to Fox News.

President Trump initially vowed to delay printing the census, but the DOJ’s announcement Tuesday indicated that those efforts are being curbed.

“We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process,“ a DOJ attorney wrote in an email.

The Trump Administration was up against a tight deadline, with the Supreme Court issuing its ruling in the last week of June and a self-imposed Census Bureau deadline to begin printing the 2020 census by July 1.

Trump tweeted a response to the news Tuesday night.

“A very sad time for America when the Supreme Court of the United States won’t allow a question of ‘Is this person a Citizen of the United States?’ to be asked on the #2020 Census!” he wrote.

Historically speaking, the citizenship question that the Trump Administration wanted to be included in the 2020 questionnaire was not unique. A version of it appeared on forms issued by the Clinton administration in the 2000 census.

And the annual American Community Survey (ACS), a lesser-known tabulation conducted by the Census Bureau, asked recipients about their citizenship status every year during the Obama administration.

UPDATE: Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that the report about the citizenship question is “fake news.”

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