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Trump Says He's Considering Executive Order On Census Citizenship Question
07-05-2019, 11:20 AM,
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Trump Says He's Considering Executive Order On Census Citizenship Question
Trump Says He's Considering Executive Order On Census Citizenship Question

<p>President Trump confirmed a Thursday report by <a href="https://www.axios.com/trump-considers-executive-order-on-citizenship-question-5c9dfdb5-facd-46ed-b1fd-fdda7eb2aa15.html"><em>Axios</em></a> that he's "thinking of" issuing an executive order to include a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census. </p>

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<p>Speaking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, Trump said "<strong>We'll see what happens</strong>," and that his administration has <strong>four or five options. </strong>He added that he has consulted with Attorney General William Barr on the matter. </p>

<p>On Thursday, <em>Axios</em> quoted a senior administration official as saying "We didn't come this far just to throw in the towel." </p>

<blockquote>
<p><strong>Administration lawyers </strong>are exploring various legal options.</p>

<ul><li><strong>A senior legal source said:</strong> "The administration is considering the appropriateness of an executive order that would address the constitutional need for the citizenship question to be included in the 2020 census."</li>
<li><strong>But there is considerable skepticism</strong> within the administration that an executive order would succeed. -<a href="https://www.axios.com/trump-considers-executive-order-on-citizenship-question-5c9dfdb5-facd-46ed-b1fd-fdda7eb2aa15.html"><em>Axios</em></a></li>
</ul></blockquote>

<p>Former federal judge J. Michael Luttig told <em>Axios</em>: "If the president of the United States were to issue an executive order, supported by his full Article II powers, directing that the citizenship question be included in the 2020 census, <strong>I believe the Supreme Court would affirm the constitutional power of the president to include the citizenship question in the census</strong>." </p>

<p>Last week the US Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Trump administration's efforts to include the citizenship question, backing lower court decisions which found the government's reasoning for placing a citizenship question on the 2020 question to be "invalid." </p>

<p>Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal justices in a 5-4 ruling in the <em>Dept. of Commerce v. New York</em>, in which the state of New York sued over the hot-button question.</p>

<p>Trump was not pleased. </p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">.....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!</p>
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1144298734311878657?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 27, 2019</a></blockquote>
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