President Trump has confirmed that the citizenship question will be left on the Census questionnaire despite legal dispute. The Daily Caller reports:
President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that his administration is not scrapping the plan to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census after the Supreme Court handed down a mixed ruling on the question.
“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! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” the president wrote on Twitter.
SCOTUS decided last week that the administration did not provide a good explanation for including the citizenship question, but gave the Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census, another chance to present detailed reasoning to the courts.
Trump initially floated the idea of delaying the 2020 Census while the issue was sorted out in the courts, but reports surfaced Tuesday that the administration was dropping the issue — at least for now.
How this question is answered remains to be seen, as the Supreme Court’s decisions was not a total slap to the Trump administration, only a temporary setback.