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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

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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.

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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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WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles and legal restrictions. Trump wants to distill a massive trove of data across seven government agencies — and possibly across 50 states. It's far from clear how such varying systems can be mined, combined and compared. He directed the Commerce Department, which manages the census, to form a working group.

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