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Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship

Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship

Reuters
WASHINGTON
US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two administration officials told Reuters.
The White House said Trump would make remarks on citizenship and the census at 5 p.m. (2100 GMT).
The administration’s attempts to add the contentious question have been blocked in the courts because of challenges from some US states and civil rights groups.
The census is used to determine how many seats each state gets in the US House of Representatives and also affects how billions of dollars in federal funds are doled out across the country.
Critics say that asking about citizenship in the census discriminates against racial minorities and is aimed at giving Republicans an unfair advantage in elections. Trump and his supporters say it makes sense to know how many non-citizens are living in the country.
The administration was still ironing out the details of the action, which was likely to be an executive order, one of the officials said.
Trump and his administration’s efforts to add a question to the nation’s once-a-decade population survey have become embroiled in a legal fight not only over plaintiffs’ opposition but also over the Department of Justice’s handling of the cases.

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