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OpinionThe real reason for the census debacle? Trump just wants to fight.

17:37  11 july  2019
17:37  11 july  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Trump expected to end his fight to add citizenship question to census, sources say

Trump expected to end his fight to add citizenship question to census, sources say President Trump on Thursday was expected to announce that he is ending his fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The real reason , however, is probably the most obvious one. This is simply a fight that Trump wants to have. Most polling indicates that Americans are in favor of adding a citizenship question to the census , regardless of whether it skews the results. Even more important to the president is the fact

Trump administration officials say the District agreed to use unspent money in the emergency fund to pay for inaugural costs and have not asked for additional dollars, an assertion denied by Bowser’s office. Opinion The real reason for the census debacle ? Trump just wants to fight .

The real reason for the census debacle? Trump just wants to fight.© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post President Trump stops to talk to reporters and members of the media as he walks to board Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Friday.

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There was a time when Republicans claimed they cared about making sure the once-a-decade census remained true to its constitutionally mandated mission of providing an “actual Enumeration” of the nation’s population.

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“ The real reason , however, is probably the most obvious one. This is simply a fight that Trump wants to have. Most polling indicates that Americans are in “It is already pretty clear what is going on here,” concluded Tumulty. “Republicans who once warned that the census could be manipulated for political

The Supreme Court late last month thwarted Trump ’s commerce department from having the citizenship question on next year’s census , and for a moment it seemed the matter was settled. But the president re-ignited the controversy, vowing to continue to fight for the question’s inclusion.

“Conducting the census is a vital constitutional obligation. It should be as solid, reliable and accurate as possible in every respect,” House Republican leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) declared back in 2009.

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Conservatives also used to raise alarms that a nosy federal government would go beyond the narrow mission the framers spelled out for the census.

As preparations were underway for the 2010 count, then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced: “I know for my family, the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home. We won’t be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn’t require any information beyond that.”

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Trump looking 'very strongly' at delaying census President Trump said Monday he's looking "very strongly" at delaying the 2020 census if the administration is not allowed to add a citizenship question, an unprecedented move that would surely trigger new legal challenges. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We're looking at that," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about a delay. "So you can ask other things, but you can't ask whether or not somebody is a citizen? So we are trying to do that.

The Supreme Court late last month thwarted Trump ’s commerce department from having the citizenship question on next year’s census , and for a moment it seemed the matter was settled. But the president re-ignited the controversy, vowing to continue to fight for the question’s inclusion.

They want to keep litigating the real reason for the citizenship question? Fine, let’s have at it. The entire debacle raises serious questions about the credibility and honesty of the Justice Department. “The Trump administration lied to the courts about the real reason for the citizenship question.

That, of course, was when there was a Democratic president in the White House. “Everyone knows that it is possible to organize a Decennial Census in a way that benefits one party or another politically,” warned Bruce Chapman, who had been head of the Census Bureau under Ronald Reagan.

Now, those concerns appear to have evaporated, as Republicans rally behind President Trump and his shifting, incoherent rationale for demanding that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census.

They are doing that despite — or, perhaps, because of — the fact that asking people to declare their citizenship is likely to result in an undercount of immigrants and minorities. A recent study authored by several Census Bureau experts estimated that such a question would depress the overall response rate by slightly more than 2 percent; in other words, millions of people might simply disappear.

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Census Judge Denies Trump Administration's Bid for New Team A federal judge rejected a request by the Trump administration to assign a new legal team to a lawsuit that blocked the U.S. from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan called the government’s request “patently deficient,” adding that the U.S. had provided “no reasons, let alone ’satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel.

Donald Trump is in a unique position, and quite a precarious one. A lot can change between now and the This could also just be one of Trump ’s impulsive tantrums, which he sometimes throws when he fails to get If the Court does it, and Trump moves forward with the census question anyway, the

The census to them is simply a vehicle for the distribution of wealth. We get up every day we just want to have a good day, happy day, just get through the day here. It was removed because they took it off for political reasons . Now somehow wanting to add it back makes us the racists and the

“I don’t understand why the president doesn’t have all the right in the world to ask that question,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) told Fox Business on Monday. “When you think of all the questions we ask on a census, it seems like citizenship would be pretty basic, pretty important to know. It should add real value.”

That “real value”? Well, it’s not entirely clear.

An estimate of the overall number of noncitizens living in this country is already available, via the American Community Survey, a longer questionnaire that goes to about 3 million households a year and that does include a question about citizenship.

The Supreme Court did not buy Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s initial argument, which was that the question was necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act. Given that rebuke, the Commerce Department appeared ready to abandon the question, until Trump tweeted last week that the administration was “moving forward.”

What’s happened since then has only confused things more. The Justice Department has tried to swap out its team of lawyers working on the census court case, only to be told by an exasperated federal judge that it cannot until it first provides a satisfactory explanation for the change. Where Ross assured Congress that nothing in the census data would be used to enforce immigration law, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, suggested it would help deal “with the burden of those who are not here legally.”

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Trump Administration Drops Bid To Put Citizenship Question On 2020 Census There will not be a question asking about citizenship on the 2020 census, the Trump administration said Tuesday. The decision comes days after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the administration from adding the question, saying it did not provide an adequate explanation for the addition. Here’s the email from DOJ pic.twitter.com/PdyfK0a1hJ — Daniel Jacobson (@Dan_F_Jacobson) July 2, 2019 This is a developing story. Check back for details. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

The Trump Administration’s plans to add a citizenship-related question to the 2020 U.S. Census were halted when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John The Supreme Court disallowed the question for now and sent it back for the ‘ real reason ’ for including the question.

Witness what Trump has made of the Supreme Court. The court is an august institution, one He has since confirmed that this is his real goal—a goal explicitly disavowed in the census arguments. If you add that to the interview that the President did, sharing that his reason for wanting the citizenship

And Trump has thrown in a number of other rationales, none of which were among the initial reasons his administration cited. “Number one, you need it for Congress — you need it for Congress for districting,” he said. “You need it for appropriations — where are the funds going? How many people are there? Are they citizens? Are they not citizens? You need it for many reasons.”

The real reason, however, is probably the most obvious one. This is simply a fight that Trump wants to have. Most polling indicates that Americans are in favor of adding a citizenship question to the census, regardless of whether it skews the results.

Even more important to the president is the fact that this issue lights up his base. Trump’s reelection campaign has been sending a fundraising email telling supporters: “The American People deserve to know who is in this country and there’s only one way to find out: We need to ask every person ‘ARE YOU AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, YES OR NO?’ ”

Attorney General William P. Barr claims he and the president have been working on a way to “clarify the record in time to add the question” to the 2020 Census. But in fact, it is already pretty clear what is going on here.

Republicans who once warned that the census could be manipulated for political gain are now giving us a master class in how to do it.

Ken Cuccinelli confident citizenship question will be on 2020 census

Ken Cuccinelli confident citizenship question will be on 2020 census President Trump's chief immigration and citizenship officer believes that the 2020 U.S. census will include a question on citizenship. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli predicted that Trump would ultimately succeed in amending the 2020 census. Cuccinelli appeared on Fox News Sunday with guest host Dana Perino, according to a clip of the show released early on Twitter.

“ Really just an incredible denigration of DOJ’s reputation for integrity,” said Vance. “One of the things DOJ lawyers routinely do is they speak with their “It’s a bad place for the Justice Department to be,” said Vance. “I would expect we’ll see a lot of people resigning. The only question is whether that will

The department gave no reason for the switch, but the move is another dramatic shift in President Donald Trump ’s effort The Census Bureau began printing forms for the tally after the decision, and had long noted that it needed a decision Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost?

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Hugh Hewitt: The census belongs to the president. He needs to get it back. Here’s how.

Charles Dick: The 2020 Census is still at risk

The Post’s View: It’s official: Trump fibbed on the census. Now he should just give it up.

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