President Trump Back Away From Bid To Put Citizenship Question On 2020 Census
President Trump has dropped his legal battle of including the citizenship question on the U.S. 2020 census. Instead, he has directed the federal officials to provide “all requested records” on the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country.
Recently, he vowed that he would not give up the fight in the wake of the Supreme court ruling. But eventually, he did give up the fight and now pursuing alternatives for gathering data. “We will leave no stone unturned,” Mr. Trump said. The critics of Trump’s battle says that the inclusion of citizenship questionnaire will prevent minorities to respond over some mandatory questions that will lead to an inaccurate count of the population.
Mr. Trump said that inclusion of the questionnaire will help the government to take care of immigration, healthcare, education, and civil rights. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” the US president said.
Last month, the Supreme court returned the case in the 5-4 ruling that noted that the reason to include the question seems “contrived”. The government officials had agreed out the Supreme court ruling and started out printing the census form without it.
It should come as no surprise … that the president wants to know who’s in this country legally and lawfully and who isn’t. And he’s going to do everything within his legal authority to make sure that that information is known because the American people have a right to know,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said to reporters.
Attorney General William Barr said that decision to abandon the citizenship falls out due to “logistical impediment” not the “legal one”. He added that there was “ample justification” to not add the question. While Dale Ho, The Director of The American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project said that Trump’s battle was an urge to sow the fear among the immigrants and “turbocharge Republican gerrymandering efforts by diluting the political influence of Latino communities,” the WSJ reported.