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    Trump says he is ‘absolutely moving forward’ with census citizenship question

    Trump says he is ‘absolutely moving forward’ with census citizenship question, contradicting his own administration

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    • President Donald Trump on Wednesday called news reports that the Commerce Department would drop its plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census “fake.”
    • Trump’s claim came a day after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Census Bureau is in the process of printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question.
    • But Trump, in a tweet, said, “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!”




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    President Donald Trump on Wednesday branded as “fake” news reports that his administration was dropping plans to ask people if they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census — despite officials in his own administration having said on Monday that the question will not be asked.

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a Justice Department lawyer had both said Tuesday that the Census Bureau is in the process of printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question.

    Their statements came five days after a Supreme Court decision that effectively blocked the question being added to the 2020 census questionnaire.

    The high court ordered the case challenging the question to be reconsidered by a lower court, leaving the Commerce Department with little or no time to have the dispute settled legally before this past Monday’s deadline for printing the questionnaires.

    But Trump, in a tweet Wednesday, said, “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!”

    “We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” Trump wrote.
    Trump’s use of the word “quest” echoed its use by The New York Times on Tuesday in its lead paragraph of a story that said the Trump administration, “in a dramatic about-face, abandoned its question to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.”

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    The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.

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    A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to CNBC’s query as to wherther the census form will ask the citizenship question.

    A Census Bureau spokesman referred questions about the president’s tweet to the Commerce Department, which did not immediate respond to a request for comment.

    On Tuesday, Ross, in a statement had said, “I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.”

    “The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census,” Ross said.

    In a Tuesday email to legal challengers of the citizenship question, a Department of Justice lawyer wrote, “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.”

    The Trump administration’s plan to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census had been controversial since it was first announced in March 2018.

    In addition to that question, the Census Bureau at the time said that respondents would be asked how many people live in their residences, and those persons’ ages, sexes, Hispanic origin, race, relationship and homeownership status.

    Critics of the citizenship question say it would reduce the census’s accuracy, and undercount minority populations, including immigrants.

    An undercount of those groups in turn could affect the allocation of billions of dollars worth of federal funds, whose distribution often is related to census data. An undercount also could affect how district seats in the House of Representatives are drawn.

    A citizenship question has not been posed to all U.S. households in decades.

    In the Supreme Court decision last week which blocked the question, for now, from being added to the census, Chief Justice John Roberts questioned the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the query, calling it “contrived.”

    The admininstration had argued that while the question could make the census’s count less accurate, it would help the government better enforce certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Three federal courts who heard challenges to the question did not accept that argument.

    Democrats had celebrated on Tuesday after the Trump administration’s apparent decision to abandon the controversial question for the upcoming census became public.

    “Today’s decision is a welcome development for our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at the time.

    “House Democrats will be vigilant to ensure a full, fair and accurate Census.”

    A spokesman for Pelosi did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s tweet
    Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif. on Wednesday cited the Justice Department lawyer’s statement in a tart response to Trump’s new tweet.


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    Trump: We’re ‘Absolutely Moving Forward’ On Adding A Citizenship Question To The Census

    JOHN SEXTONPosted at 1:21 pm on July 3, 2019




    Yesterday, there were reports at every major news outlet saying the same thing: The citizenship question would not appear on the 2020 Census. This morning, Trump said all of those reports were fake news:


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    The reports published yesterday were based on two things. First, a Department of Justice trial attorney named Kate Bailey sent an email to groups that were fighting the inclusion of the citizenship question in court. The email read, “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.” This is in writing and was sent to multiple people.

    Secondly, yesterday the Secretary of Commerce confirmed that printing was moving forward without the question. From CNBC:

    On Tuesday, Ross, in a statement had said, “I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.”

    “The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census,” Ross said.


    All of which seems pretty official and sounded pretty final. Even Nancy Pelosi got the message:

    “Today’s decision is a welcome development for our democracy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at the time.

    “House Democrats will be vigilant to ensure a full, fair and accurate Census.”


    It’s not clear what happened here but it looks like the Trump administration is not done fighting this. Stories are beginning to trickle out about this but no one seems to know yet what this means practically. It probably means the printing of the Census forms will be delayed. I’ll update this story once the administration issues some sort of clarification about what the plan is going forward.

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