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Trump Admin. Still Fighting to Add Citizenship Question to the Census

The Supreme Court ruled against adding the question last month, but the president is determined to include it.

By NTK Staff | 07.08.2019 @10:15am
Trump Admin. Still Fighting to Add Citizenship Question to the Census

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Sunday that a new team of lawyers is working on adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government did not provide an adequate rationale for including the question on all 2020 census forms. The Census Bureau began printing the questionnaires last week, but President Donald Trump tweeted that he was determined to keep fighting.

Department of Justice spokesperson Kerri Kupec told The Hill that a new team of lawyers were taking over the case beginning Monday:

“As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward,” DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec told The Hill in a statement on Sunday.

“Since these cases began, the lawyers representing the United States in these cases have given countless hours to defending the Commerce Department and have consistently demonstrated the highest professionalism, integrity, and skill inside and outside the courtroom.”

Trump is also reportedly considering “issuing an executive order to add the citizenship question to the 2020 Census.” The president is weighing that option is among “four or five” other potential routes, he said.

“I believe the president of the United States will sign an executive order grounded in his full Article II constitutional powers, directing that the citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census — pending the final decision on the 2020 Census by the Supreme Court of the United States,” one former federal judge told Axios.

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