Trump Expected To Renew Push For Census Citizenship Question With Executive Action

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News is reporting that President Donald Trump is expected to announce an executive order to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

News confirmed that Trump will order the government to collect citizenship data in a way other than the census, citing two administration officials. When Trump last week demanded that the department reverse course after it conceded the 2020 census would not include the citizenship question, the government's lawyers struggled to explain a path forward when pressed by a federal judge.

That fight, which once seemed at its end, intensified Wednesday when a group of conservative lawmakers wrote a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr urging him to support President Trump in adding the citizenship question to the census by executive order.

There is already a motion asking federal Judge Jesse Furman in NY to totally prohibit the administration changing the census or adding the question in any way.

But for now, the only thing known for certain is that Trump plans to talk about the issue at an afternoon news conference-and there's no confirmation about exactly what he'll say. The more than 20 Democrats vying for their party's nomination to run against Trump question his immigration policies.

Critics say that including a citizenship question for the first time since 1950 will discourage participation in the census, not only by those living in the country illegally but also by citizens who fear that participating will expose noncitizen family members to repercussions.

Trump is insistent that the question be added to the census despite the legal challenges.

Federal judges in both NY and Maryland have denied the government's attempt to withdraw the previous attorneys, both saying the government has not provided enough information on how a transition between the teams wouldn't serve to disrupt ongoing legal proceedings.

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Last week, a federal judge allowed a case to move forward that claimed the citizenship question is meant to discriminate against communities of color by adding the inquiry.

Trump said last week that he was "very seriously" considering executive action to try to force the question's inclusion, and that it was among four or five options he'd been weighing.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is replacing the legal team that has been pursuing Mr. Trump's efforts, putting in place a new team consisting of both career and politically appointed attorneys.

"The Supreme Court has spoken". The administration would still need to show that they have a valid reason for the question.

But an Obama-appointed judge in NY said they couldn't right now.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday it's ready to fight Trump's next move.

But the Supreme Court ruled in June that Ross' hurried decision to add the question was "arbitrary and capricious".