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Trump Administration Caves; Removes Citizenship Question From Census

Jeff Katz
July 02, 2019 - 5:44 pm

The Trump administration said Tuesday it was dropping a question from the 2020 U.S. census that would ask citizens whether or not they are a U.S. citizen. The Supreme Court had ruled against including the question last week in a 5-4 ruling.

According to The Hill, Department of Justice attorney Kate Bailey confirmed this decision in an email sent to groups that were opposing the inclusion of the question.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the ruling that the reasoning behind the question did not line up with the evidence provided and temporarily blocked the question from inclusion in the census. The question was then sent back to the Department of Commerce to add additional reasons for adding the question.

Despite this giving the Trump administration another crack at getting the question added to the census, the administration has now backed down.