Trump's Quest to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census


Trump's Quest to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

President Donald Trump plans to hold a press conference to address the administration's next move in seeking to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, where he's reportedly expected to announce that he'll do so through executive action. "Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the handsome Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship", Trump tweeted early Thursday.

A Supreme Court decision found that the Trump administration did not provide sufficient "rationale" for adding the question to the Census.

President Trump has been "very seriously" considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.

The new team, named in court papers, includes Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Morrell, a former Trump White House lawyer and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas; Christopher Bates, who previously worked for Republican Sen. The more than 20 Democrats vying for their party's nomination to run against Trump question his immigration policies. Further efforts by the White House to add the question makes it clear that they are trying to turn the census into a partisan issue, he added.

Tuesday, a federal judge in NY blocked the move to swap legal teams by the Justice Department calling their reasoning "deficient".

He called the Justice Department's request "patently deficient", except for two lawyers who have left the department or the civil division that is handling the case. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who is vying for the Democratic nomination, introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at prohibiting the use of a census citizenship question for districting.

The rulings deal a significant blow to the Justice Department and Attorney General William Barr, who had personally approved changing up the litigation team.

Ian Bassin, executive director of Protect Democracy and one of the people Rubin interviewed for her column, asserts that Trump's reason for wanting a citizenship question is painfully obvious: he wants to benefit white voters at the expense of non-white voters.

The Census Bureau finalized questions for the 2010 form in March 2008, the agency's records show.

In the Maryland case, the judge said he agreed that Barr has the authority to assign attorneys to handle specific cases, but warned that it would "not create a clean slate" and that any new team must be prepared to answer questions about prior statements and court filings.

The Hill reports that Barr has not provided specific details on how the citizenship question will be added to the census.

"You need it for many reasons".

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

He said it's "a hard question under the best of circumstances", but made even more hard by the court's rejection of the Commerce Department's initial rationale for the question and a June 30 deadline cited repeatedly by the administration.

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