Justice Department Confirms: No Citizenship Question

Census is moving forward without it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2019 5:17 PM CDT
Census Won't Include Citizenship Question
In this June 27, 2019, file photo, Demonstrators gather at the Supreme Court as the justices finish the term with a key decision on a case involving an attempt by the Trump administration to ask everyone about their citizenship status in the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Justice Department says the 2020 Census is moving ahead without a question about citizenship, the AP reports. Kristen Clarke, an attorney for a civil rights group that helped fight the addition of the question, says Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts would be starting soon. Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco has confirmed there would be "no citizenship question on 2020 census."

"We can confirm that the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process," a DOJ trial attorney told other attorneys in the case Tuesday, per CNN. The White House didn't immediately comment on the decision. President Trump has decried last week's Supreme Court ruling saying the question was sought under a false pretext. Spokespeople for the US Census Bureau have not responded to emails or phone calls seeking comment. (More on Trump's reaction to the SCOTUS ruling here.)

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