Well, he is the president and this is quite important regardless of what the left says…
President Trump told reporters on Friday that he is considering an executive order to ensure a citizenship question is included on the U.S. census.
Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he has four or five options and is “thinking about” an executive order. He also said his administration could begin printing the 2020 census and later include the question as part of an addendum.
“We’re thinking about doing that, it’s one of the ways,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., noting that administration officials are “doing very well” on the issue.
Trump also weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the citizenship question.
“I have a lot of respect for [Chief] Justice [John] Roberts — but he didn’t like it, but he did say come back,” Trump said. “We could start the printing now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision.”
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last week to block the citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census for now, saying the administration’s argument that the question is needed to enforce a federal voting rights law didn’t line up with the evidence provided in the case. The high court directed the administration to come up with a new legal rationale for adding the question.
Initially, it seemed that the administration had given up on the idea of including the query.
But Trump tweeted on Wednesday and Thursday that he intended to find a way to include the question on the census.
Trump’s remarks on Friday followed reports that he was mulling an executive order to add the controversial question to the census after the Supreme Court’s ruling dealt the administration a significant setback.
It is unclear whether Trump would be able to successfully use an executive order to add the citizenship question. Such a move is certain to trigger another round of legal challenges.
Officials with the Justice and Commerce departments have been working since Wednesday to find new ways to legally rationalize the inclusion of the citizenship question on the census in the wake of Trump’s tweets, after previously saying the administration would print the 2020 census without the question.
Meanwhile, a federal judge in Maryland who is overseeing a lawsuit over the citizenship question has set a 2 p.m. Friday deadline for the administration to explain how it will move forward.
Judge George Hazel, an Obama appointee, is reviewing whether there is discriminatory intent behind the question’s addition to the census, a different legal question than that addressed by the Supreme Court.
Critics argue that adding the question could result in minorities being undercounted and impact congressional redistricting in ways that favor Republicans.
Src: The Hill