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PoliticsTrump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census

01:15  12 july  2019
01:15  12 july  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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President Trump pulled back from his bid to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census and instead ordered federal agencies to provide citizenship data to the Census Bureau. Today I’m here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States

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Trump Says He Will Seek Citizenship Information From Existing Federal Records, Not the Census© Doug Mills/The New York Times President Trump on Thursday in the Rose Garden.

WASHINGTON — 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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In announcing the decision, Trump insisted he would be unrelenting in seeking out citizenship information from alternate sources. He said agencies would be required to provide the Commerce Department with documents and records of citizens and non- citizens , which he said would help

Trump said he was not reversing course. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the “That information will be useful for countless purposes, as the president explained in his remarks It said the costs of adding a citizenship question to the Census would be high, but using existing

He instead said he was issuing an executive order instructing federal departments and agencies to provide the Census Bureau with citizenship data immediately.

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“We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” Mr. Trump insisted.

The Trump administration has argued that including the question on census forms is an important part of its efforts to protect the voting rights of the nation’s minority residents, but the Supreme Court rejected that justification as a “contrived” pretext.

[Barr says legal path to census citizenship question exists, but he gives no details.]

Government experts have predicted that asking the question would cause many immigrants to refuse to participate in the census, leading to an undercount of about 6.5 million people. That could reduce Democratic representation when congressional districts are allocated in 2021 and affect how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending are distributed.

DOJ ordered to find ways to include citizenship question on 2020 census, official says

DOJ ordered to find ways to include citizenship question on 2020 census, official says A lawyer with the Department of Justice said Wednesday that agency officials have been ordered to determine whether there is a way the administration can include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, hours after a tweet from President Trump raised confusion over the status of the question.Joseph Hunt, an assistant attorney general with DOJ's civil division, said Wednesday that the department has been "instructed to examine whether there is a path forward, consistent with the Supreme Court's decision, that would allow us to include the citizenship question on the census." "We think there may be a legally available path under the Supreme Court's decision.

The Census Bureau itself had recommended against adding a citizenship question Judge Furman said he agreed. But he added that federal law requires that before making such a He concluded in his opinion that the record “makes plain that Secretary Ross’s decision fell short on all these fronts.”

Opponents say the citizenship question is intended to frighten noncitizens away from participating in the census , whether they are in the At the same time that he was pressing the Trump administration to add the question, Mr. Hofeller’s files revealed, he also wrote a portion of a draft Justice Department

The new approach, which appears to have been available to the Trump administration all along, could provide a clearer picture of how many people living in the United States are citizens without distorting census participation. But some Democrats complained on Thursday that the public debate itself might have sown fear among immigrants in the country and could taint their view of the census, even if it does not include the question about citizenship.

Mr. Trump’s climb down came just days after his attorney general, William P. Barr, said that the court’s ruling was “wrong” and that the citizenship question could still appear on the census, whose mass printing must begin soon. Mr. Trump himself wrote in a tweet on July 3 that the administration was “absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”

Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.

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