With Executive Order, Trump Appears to Admit Defeat on Citizenship Question in Census

By Krista Doherty

On July 11th, President Trump announced an executive order calling every federal agency to hand over any information regarding the number of citizens in the U.S. to the Department of Commerce, a move that appeared to end the White House’s effort to include a citizenship question in the U.S. 2020 census.

Trump said, “We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the noncitizen population including databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. We have great knowledge in many of our agencies. We will leave no stone unturned.”

The conflict over the census appears finally to be over, but the battle over counting non-citizens in the U.S. seems to continue.

Stay tuned.

Read our previous update on the Supreme Court and the U.S. 2020 census.