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PoliticsDemocrats claim victory as Trump retreats on census citizenship question

02:25  12 july  2019
02:25  12 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump looking 'very strongly' at delaying census

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.

Democrats ran victory laps and breathed sighs of relief Thursday as President Donald Trump announced that he was backing down on his demands The reaction came quickly after the president announced that he was backing down on his demand to include a citizenship question on the 2020

The Trump administration abandons attempts to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 US census . The retreat follows a long fight over the inclusion of the question , which the Supreme Court blocked in June. Thursday's reversal was celebrated by Democrats and civil liberties groups, with

Democrats claim victory as Trump retreats on census citizenship question© Jacquelyn Martin Image: Chuck Schumer, Jeff Merkley, Mazie Hirono

WASHINGTON — Democrats ran victory laps and breathed sighs of relief Thursday as President Donald Trump announced that he was backing down on his demands to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census after the Supreme Court blocked the administration's plan to add it.

"The president's retreat on adding the misguided citizen question to the census was long overdue and is a significant victory for democracy and fair representation," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. "Every person must be counted and no one should be intimidated by the president and his capricious behavior."

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President Trump on Thursday backed down from his controversial push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census , effectively conceding defeat in a battle he had revived just last week and promised to continue despite a recent string of legal defeats.

The president contradicted statements by his Justice and Commerce Departments that census forms were being printed without the question and they would heed a court ruling. The justices gave a limited ruling on the Trump administration effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census .

Schumer said that Trump is still "so intent on intimidating communities of color that even when the courts and rule of law thwart him, he still tries to persist in his ham-handed ways."

Trump announced in remarks Thursday evening in the White House Rose Garden, alongside Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, that he was giving up on a push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and was instead issuing an executive order directing departments and agencies to better share data related to the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country.

The order will eliminate "longstanding obstacles" to data sharing, the president said, and allow the administration to combine that data with information from the 2020 census questionnaire to create a more accurate count than in the past.

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question

Poll: Majority say the census should be able to include citizenship question Sixty-seven percent of voters said the census should be able to ask whether people living in the U.S. are citizens, going against the recent Supreme Court decision on the matter, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The poll also found that the inclusion of the question was supported among members of both parties, with 88 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats supporting its inclusion.

"If Trump says a fake census is 'official', people are going to think its official," she said in a series of tweets. The survey begins by asking about age and political leaning, before asking questions about Trump talking points such as "Obamacare", "the Democrats ' failed Impeachment Witch Hunt" and

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Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the administration had not provided a sufficient reason for adding the question.

ACLU Voting Rights Project director Dale Ho, who argued the Supreme Court case, said in a statement Thursday that Trump had just acknowledged defeat. "He lost in the Supreme Court, which saw through his lie about needing the question for the Voting Rights Act. It is clear he simply wanted to sow fear in immigrant communities and turbocharge Republican gerrymandering efforts by diluting the political influence of Latino communities."

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., celebrated the news Thursday on Twitter.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.Y., a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, pushed back on the president's remarks.

Other Democrats, meanwhile, expressed concern Thursday about the administration's plan to conduct mass immigration raids on Sunday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement plan to target about 2,000 families in major cities across the United States — the same 10 cities that were revealed under previous plans, Department of Homeland Security officials said Thursday, though a source told NBC News that two of those cities may change. The previously named cities were: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

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Claims That Obama ‘Yanked’ Citizenship Question From Census Are False.
What Was Said “The real controversy here is who took the citizenship question off of the census, and why? Why is it controversy wanting to know who among us happens to be a citizen and who isn’t? Why is that controversial? It would seem to me that this kind of attention should have been asked when somebody in the Obama regime decided to get rid of it.” — Rush Limbaugh, a conservative commentator, on Friday “Why can’t we just ask the question the way it was asked for 50 years before the Obama administration yanked it out of there?” — Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, on Tuesday False.

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