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Alternative To Census Citizenship Question

Trump orders federal agencies to turn over info on citizens and noncitizens

July 11, 2019 - 5:58 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is abandoning his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Instead, Trump says he's ordering every federal department and agency to provide the Commerce Department with all records it requests pertaining to the number of citizens and noncitizens in the country.

Trump says he will sign an executive order to put this new plan into effect "immediately."

Trump said last week that he was "very seriously" considering an executive order to try to force the citizenship question's inclusion.

But the government has already begun the lengthy and expensive process of printing the census questionnaire without the question on citizenship.