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Census Citizenship Question

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday (July 11, 2019) that he would be dropping his administration’s efforts of adding the citizenship question onto the 2020 census. This sudden change of mind only came days after his efforts were blocked by the Supreme Court. According to Attorney General William Barr, “the problem is that any new decision would be subject to immediate challenge.” Since the 2020 census is already in the printing stages, they would have to halt the lengthy and expensive process to add the citizenship question which would affect when the census would ultimately be released. Attorney General William Barr explains that the reasoning for not continuing the Trump administration’s agenda in pushing for the addition of the citizenship question is ultimately due to timing, “We’re not going to jeopardize our ability to carry out the census.” Even though President Trump and his administration have decided to not pursue further additions to the 2020 census he did make note that he was going to continue his agenda stating, “Today, I am here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.” President Trump also stated, “I’m hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country.” 

Mercedes Riggs