A federal judge in New York signed an order permanently barring the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the census.
House Democrats are demanding more information behind the push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census. In order to obtain the information, they are going after Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who landed in some heat after their refusal to turn over documents in the face of subpoenas back in April.
resident Trump is not backing down in his fight to determine the citizenship status of everyone in the U.S. While speaking from the Rose Garden, he announced other methods the federal government can use to obtain the information as he will no longer pursue efforts to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
A federal judge is blocking the Department of Justice’s attempt to swap its lawyers as it works on getting the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Iowa Representative Steve King calls on President Trump to use his executive order to get the immigration question on the 2020 Census. Taking to Twitter Friday, the congressman called the Supreme Court’s decision a form of “judicial activism.” King stated the census already requires a person’s name, phone number, and date of birth among several other personal details.
Officials with the Justice and Commerce departments worked overtime through the holiday, to find a way to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. According to the Washington Post, after the Supreme Court ruled against adding the question to the census, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed the department began printing the forms without the question on it. However, on Wednesday President Trump said the administration was ‘absolutely moving forward’ with the question, and officials were directed to look for other legal options.
The Department of Justice said it is following the president’s orders to try and find a way to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census, frustrating an Obama appointed district judge. According to court transcripts released Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt, said his department was instructed to re-examine the Supreme Court’s decision on the census question, and find “near-term options” to legally add it. Hunt said the DOJ plans to file a motion which will “govern further proceedings.”
President Trump said his administration is “absolutely moving forward” with putting a citizenship question on the census , while dismissing reports claiming it is not.
As the battle over the citizenship question on the census rages on in Washington, many are warning counting illegal aliens will dilute the voting power of American citizens. One America’s Pearson Sharp explains why the dilemma isn’t about the rights of minorities, but about Democrats trying to gain more electoral votes in blue majority states.