Trump to hold news conference on census citizenship question

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Trump Renews Push for Citizenship Question, Despite Supreme Court Ruling

President Donald Trump is expected to say at a news conference Thursday that he will take executive action to get a citizenship question on the 2020 Census that is now being printed.

The government had said the issue needed to be resolved by July 1 in order to begin printing the questionnaires on time and officials said last week they would proceed, despite Trump's continuing efforts to get the citizenship question added.

The administration's attempts to add the contentious question have been blocked in the courts because of challenges from some USA states and civil rights groups.

President Trump has been "very seriously" considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.

Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor, told Rubin that the Trump Administration has been totally disingenuous about its motivation for wanting to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Trump is expected to speak on the citizenship question later Thursday, following a summit of Trump-supporting personalities and lawmakers at the White House.

The question asks, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"

Balloons decorate an event for community activists and local government leaders to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 Census efforts in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 1, 2019.

Critics have said the real reason the question was added was to depress the count of immigrants and help Republicans when census data is used in redistricting.

The federal judge overseeing the census case in the Southern District of NY has blocked the government's motion to withdraw its team of lawyers who had been working on the case previously. He did allow two lawyers to exit the team because they had already left the DOJ's civil division.

The Census Bureau's own experts have said requiring information about citizenship would discourage immigrants from participating and lead to a less accurate cont.

"I've been in constant discussions with the president ever since the Supreme Court decision came down". Trump also floated potentially adding the question via an executive order. The administration would still need to show that they have a valid reason for the question.

The Justice Department succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to block plans to depose Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

No reason was given, but Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that the lawyer who was leading the team, James Burnham, informed him some of the people working on the case preferred "not to continue during this new phase".

But an Obama-appointed judge in NY said they couldn't right now.

The American Civil Liberties Union's Dale Ho says the Trump administration's ongoing efforts are "unlawful".

He said it's "a hard question under the best of circumstances", but made even more hard by the court's rejection of the Commerce Department's initial rationale for the question and a June 30 deadline cited repeatedly by the administration.

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