Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

2020 census: Trump administration still seeking grounds for 'citizen' question

2020 census: Trump administration still seeking grounds for 'citizen' question

U.S. District Judge George Hazel for the District of Maryland ordered proceedings to move forward after a court filing Friday to determine whether the Trump administration's intention behind adding the citizenship question was to discriminate against people of color who have immigrated to the country.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that while the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question would be constitutional, they needed to present a better reason for its inclusion.

"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!" he posted. "We're working on a lot of things, including an executive order". "Trump has now stated the real reason, and that reason is unconstitutional".

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump last month delayed planned ICE deportation raids, with a deadline of this Friday to start them, but Cuccinelli said he did not know if they'd start immediately.

A federal judge in Maryland overseeing one of the three lawsuits on the citizenship question gave the Trump administration until 2 p.m. today to explain how it meant to proceed.

But administration lawyers didn't produce any ethical justification for the census request of by a court docket closing date.

Trump was furious and thought the Commerce Department and the Justice Department - which has been arguing the case - had given up the fight too easily. The court nonetheless provided an opportunity for the administration to submit a revised explanation for why the question should be added.

Trump said, "We're thinking about doing that".

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Obviously if there were a large-scale nationwide protest against the politically motivated question about citizenship, with millions or tens of millions of us either leaving the answer to that question blank or answering falsely, thus encouraging more undocumented immigrants to go ahead and complete the forms, also ignoring that question, prosecution would be all the more unlikely since there would be safety in numbers.

Mr Trump said yesterday the "number one" reason for adding the question was for the drawing of electoral districts, which is not the legal reason the administration gave for adding it. Court documents show that officials from the Justice and Commerce departments will have to sit for questioning under oath if the discovery process continues as planned.

A spokeswoman for Statistics Canada, which manages the census, said the citizenship data is vital to various programs. "For decades, black Los Angeles residents were demographically squeezed out of local government by a growing Hispanic population of mixed citizenship", wrote J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, in an op-ed for The Hill.

"The citizenship question has a long history on the Canadian census, being introduced for the first time on the 1901", said Emily Theelen in an email.

However, by remanding the case back to the liberal NY district court, going before an Obama-appointed judge with noted left-wing family connections, the court assured that any legal challenges might result in delays in printing the questionnaire.

They say that officials lied about their motivations for adding the question and that the move would help Trump's fellow Republicans gain seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures when new electoral district boundaries are drawn.

In that Supreme Court ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices in announcing the authorities has the right kind to quiz a citizenship quiz but must smartly interpret doing so, which would changes the Census Bureau's longstanding practice.

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