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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
President Trump on Wednesday called reports that his administration has given up its effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census “fake.”
“We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” he wrote.
On Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and a Justice Department lawyer said the Census Bureau is in the process of printing the census questionnaire without the citizenship question.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively blocked adding the question, ordering the case challenging the question to be reconsidered by a lower court.
That left the Commerce Department with little no time to resolve the matter before this past Monday’s deadline for printing the questionnaires.
But the RedState blog argued there is no reason that a question that was on the census for 175 years cannot be restored.
“The statutory authority to do so is clear. Apportionment for the House is based on census results and it’s clearly against the intent of the Equal Protection Clause to continue to allow areas with high populations of illegal immigrants to garner extra seats.”
RedState reasoned that the Supreme Court “has already affirmed the legality of doing so and this decision came down way too late to force such a change.”
“The rest is bureaucratic nonsense that can be fought later.”