Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
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‘Absolutely Moving Forward’ with Census Citizenship Question

‘Absolutely Moving Forward’ with Census Citizenship Question

A spokesperson confirmed to TPM on Tuesday that a version of the census without the citizenship question had been sent off to be printed.

"The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!" I have asked the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions, and this very important case, to a successful conclusion. USA! USA!

Texas Representative Chip Roy, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told the president he should "ignore" any lawyers advising him and to move forward with previous plans to include a citizenship question-something that has not been on the census for almost 70 years.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China and Europe of playing a "big currency manipulation game".

"The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question", Ross said in a statement Tuesday. This move to scrap the fight for the citizenship question comes after the administration had missed what it previously claimed was the deadline to begin printing the questionnaires.

Trump disputed that characterization in his tweet Wednesday.

Less than 24 hours after warning that he is still "trying to do that", Trump has reportedly abandoned his almost two-year long battle to politicize the census by including a question about citizenship status.

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Trump had said after the high court's decision last week that he would ask his attorneys about possibly delaying next spring's decennial census until the Supreme Court could revisit the matter, raising questions about whether printing of the census materials would start as planned this month. Chief Justice Roberts called the Trump administration's explanation "contrived".

The Constitution mandates regular censuses that count all residents of the country - not only citizens - in order to determine their representation in Congress.

Pushed by hardline conservatives like former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former White House adviser Steve Bannon, the proposed citizenship question is part of Republicans' long game to redistrict themselves into uncontested power by attempting to disenfranchise or erase large numbers of nonwhite immigrants.

The outcome was uncertain until Tuesday because the Supreme Court ruling last week that blocked the question from appearing for the time being had left the door open for the administration to present a new rationale. As late as Monday afternoon, however, the administration asked a federal judge in Maryland for more time to decide how it would proceed following the Supreme Court decision. "Print the census with the question - and issue a statement explaining why - 'because we should.' Done". Federal judges in Maryland and California also have issued rulings to block the question.

Dale Ho, who argued the Supreme Court case as director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project, said, "Everyone in America counts in the census, and today's decision means we all will".

In addition, there is another survey that is sent to one out of 36 households that asks the question.

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