We will soon know the answer to a question about a question. A citizenship question to be exact. And the battle over whether or not to have it on the upcoming census is brewing. CNN’s John Lorinc looks at what moves President Trump might take.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) — President Trump’s quest for a question is picking up steam. The president wants the 2020 Census to ask whether responders are U.S. citizens and his next move is expected soon.
“I think over the next day or two, you’ll see what approach we’re taking and I think it does provide a pathway for getting the question on the Census,” U.S. AttorneY general William Barr said.
The Attorney General has said that an executive order is one possibility under consideration. President Trump has said that a memorandum is needed.
“We’re thinking about doing that, it’s one of the ways. We have four or five ways we could do it,” Trump said.
The Supreme Court recently ruled against having the question on the upcoming Census, saying the administration had not provided a strong enough reason to include it.
“Any move to issue an executive order or something along those lines to put that citizenship question back on the Census, in my opinion, would be unconstitutional,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois.
A citizenship question hasn’t been on the Census since 1950. Critics say having it may scare non-citizens from filling out the form, causing an inaccurate population count.
“This is about keeping, you know, you know his hat, ‘Make America White Again.’ They want to make sure that people, certain people are counted. It’s really disgraceful,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House.