President expected to announce executive action to add citizenship question to census: reports

Kimberly Dole
July 11, 2019 - 8:57 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Trump is expected to announce an executive action to move forward with adding the controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census, a senior administration official told ABC News.

The announcement comes as the president has been weighing options for how to add it to the 2020 census, even after the Supreme Court rejected the administration’s stated rationale for doing so as “contrived.”

The Justice Department had initially accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling and initially implied that the administration would no longer pursue the citizenship question for the 2020 census, the president said that the administration was “absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”

Some legal experts pointed to Article 1, Section II of the Constitution, which grants Congress the authority to conduct and oversee the census, saying that the president doesn't have the constitutional power to unilaterally add a citizenship question,.

Critics of the administration’s effort to add a citizenship question believe that the question would result in under-counting the U.S. population due to high rates of non-participation, particularly in communities with large immigrant populations.

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