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PoliticsJustice Department signals to court it's still fighting for citizenship question

21:42  05 july  2019
21:42  05 july  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Trump says he'll attempt to 'delay the Census' after Supreme Court decision on citizenship question

Trump says he'll attempt to 'delay the Census' after Supreme Court decision on citizenship question President Donald Trump said on Thursday afternoon that he would attempt to delay the 2020 census following a Supreme Court decision.

Justice Department signals to court it's still fighting for citizenship question© / Getty Images Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had said the census would be printed without the citizenship question.

The Justice Department signaled to a federal judge in Maryland Friday it's still fighting to place the citizenship question on the census, something President Trump has insisted he wants.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel had given the Justice Department until 2 p.m. to explain what the administration intends to do, after Mr. Trump befuddled even his own DOJ lawyers when he tweeted his administration is still fighting to keep the question — after the Justice and Commerce Departments said the census questionnaire is being printed without it. The Supreme Court ruled last week the question couldn't move forward as-is, because the administration's reason for adding the question was insufficient.

Trump Administration Drops Bid To Put Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

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.

In a court filing, the Justice Department indicated that the administration has not yet discovered a new rationale for adding the question.

"In the event the Commerce Department adopts a new rationale for including the citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census consistent with the decisions of the Supreme Court, the Government will immediately notify this Court so that it can determine whether there is any need for further proceedings or relief," the filing said.

The president told reporters Friday he's "thinking about" issuing an executive order to ensure the question gets on the census, along with several other options. The Trump administration is running out of time to get the question on the census, although the president says he might add an "addendum," however that might work. He has also threatened to delay the census, although the legal obstacles to that are even more significant, given that the Constitution requires the census to be taken every 10 years.

Mr. Trump's tweet on the census Wednesday threw the White House, Commerce Department and Justice Department for a loop, forcing some officials to work over the Fourth of July holiday. In a conference call with lawyers in the case, DOJ attorney Josh Gardner expressed confusion over what the president meant.

Grace Segers and Clare Hymes contributed to this report

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