President Reverses on Census Citizenship Question
Going for “far more accurate” method
At the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, President Trump said he would “immediately” issue an executive order to provide for an accurate count of citizens and non-citizens of the United States. He said he would rely on a “far more accurate” method than the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
“We are not backing down in our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population, ‘he said.
It is expected his move will make use of the vast federal databases, freeing up information sharing among all federal agencies concerning who they know is living in the country. “We will leave no stone unturned,” the president said.
Speaking after President Trump, Attorney General William Barr said the information collected through the executive order could be useful in determining the makeup of the Electoral College and congressional apportionment. "That information will be used for countless purposes. For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes.... We will be studying this issue," Barr said.
- Over the gathering citizenship information from existing federal databases.
For President Trump and his team as they face challenges from opposing groups.