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

21:40  11 july  2019
21:40  11 july  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census

Trump expected to order citizenship question added to the census President Trump announced on Twitter that he will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Trump expected to end his fight to add citizenship question to census, sources say© Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Donald Trump talks to reporters before boarding Air Force One in Morristown, N.J., July 7, 2019.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce later Thursday he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to survey the American public on the question through other means, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The expected announcement will bring to a close weeks of escalating confusion within the government over his demands that the controversial question be included despite a Supreme Court order that had blocked the move. The White House declined to comment about what exactly the president plans to announce.

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.

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As recently as Thursday morning, administration officials had been repeatedly suggesting the president would take executive action calling for the question be added to the census. It was not immediately clear when and why the final decision was made not to move forward with that plan.

Attorney General William Barr, who is also expected to attend the announcement, will now have to determine a path forward for three separate ongoing court cases the administration is fighting in Maryland, California and New York over the administration's efforts to add the question to the census.

The Department of Justice declined to comment to ABC News.

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Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census.
President Trump on Thursday abandoned his battle to place a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, and instructed the government to compile citizenship data from existing federal records, a significant retreat in the president’s wider crackdown on undocumented immigration. Mr. Trump announced in the Rose Garden that he was giving up on the census question two weeks after the Supreme Court rebuked the Trump administration over its effort to modify the census. Just last week, Mr. Trump insisted that he “must” pursue that goal.

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