Trump Delays The Census After Supreme Court Prevents Basic Question

The US Census comes around every 10 years. But this time around they may be delayed for a bit, as they are refusing to ask the basic question of “Are you an American Citizen?” Trump commented about it on Twitter.

“Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020. I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the…United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!”

The Supreme Court has yet to make any final determination on the issue, but directed the case back to a lower court on Thursday, saying that the administration’s stated reason for inquiring about the citizenship status of census takers didn’t match with evidence presented on how the question came to be added.

A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court, Fox News reports, determined that the courtwas presented “with an explanation for agency action that is incongruent with what the record reveals about the agency’s priorities and decision-making process.”

The Court’s concern is less the question — which they say the Executive Branch has “broad authority” to add — but whether the census writers in the Commerce Department were asked to include the question, or whether they solicited a request for the citizenship inquiry from the Justice Department. The Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, has to follow very specific rules when it comes to rewriting the census, and he may have violated those rules.

But, the Court says, that’s for a lower court to consider, not the Supreme Court, which isn’t a trial court.”

It’s odd that this question would be such an issue. The Census is anonymous. We should be able to differentiate between citizens and non-citizens.

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