Friday, President Trump said he may issue an executive order in an effort to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 US census as his administration faced an afternoon court deadline to reveal its plans.
“We are working on a lot of things including an executive order,” Trump told reporters outside the White House as he left for his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. ““It is one of the ways that we’re thinking about doing it, very seriously.
He also suggested that a query about citizenship could be added at a later date even if it is not on the questionnaire currently being printed.
A White House spokesman said Thursday that officials are examining “every option” available to add the query to the decennial population survey.
The census is used to allot seats in the US House of Representatives and distribute some $800-B in federal services, including public schools, Medicaid benefits, law enforcement and highway repairs.
Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating and engineer a population under-count in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant populations.
President Trump and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country. His hard-line policies on immigration have been a Key element of his Presidency and Y 2020 re-election campaign
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