Bill Barr Takes New Approach on Counting Aliens in the Census

Bill Barr is rolling out a new strategy to make sure that the citizenship question is included in the 2020 Census. The Washington Examiner reports:

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the Justice Department has a new legal strategy for adding a question about citizenship status onto the 2020 census, according to a new report.

“I think over the next day or two you’ll see what approach we’re taking,” Barr told reporters in South Carolina. “And I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the census.”

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The attempt by the Justice and Commerce departments to add the question was struck down by a recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision.

The comments from Barr follow Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec announcing that the DOJ was switching up its legal team in the census case. “As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward,” Kupec said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

The Supreme Court did not firmly rule on the citizenship question, only that the current rationale did not meet its stated requirements. With a new team, chances of the citizenship question being allowed on the census just rose dramatically, as that question has been asked in previous censuses.

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