Trump Backs Down On Census Citizenship Question But Vows To Gather Data

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Later this eveni... WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in the Rose Garden at the White House on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Later this evening President Trump will host a Polish-American reception in honor of the visiting president. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
July 11, 2019 4:48 p.m.

President Trump backed away from his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census but said he would determine how many citizens are in the U.S. another way — by signing an executive order to gather the data.

Today, I will be issuing an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately. I’m hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country,” Trump said in the Rose Garden alongside Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30