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Trump’s Citizenship Question Was Blocked By The Supreme So Of Course He Now Wants To Delay The Census

President Trump’s goal to have the 2020 census ask everyone in the United States if they are a citizen came to a halt. The Supreme Court ruled that the rationale provided by his administration in having the question wasn’t necessary. The 5-4 ruling allows the administration to start over and try to come up with new reasoning for adding a citizenship question. It’s also caused doubt on whether there’s enough time to actually put the question on Census forms. Now, President Trump has vowed to try delaying the 2020 census after the ruling.

President Trump took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the ruling and his plans to challenge it.

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The ruling marked a major blow for the Trump administration. While there is still a chance of lower-court litigation, it would be difficult to get the question on the census in time for the forms to be printed. But the ruling hasn’t stopped the president from trying to challenge it.

“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,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts Jr. didn’t find enough reasoning to add the citizenship question.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross didn’t give honest reasoning for his decision to make a major addition to the census. He cited adding the question especially at a time of increased fear in immigrant communities was questionable.

“The sole stated reason seems to have been contrived,” Roberts said. “The evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation the secretary gave for his decision.”

Now the question is can the Trump administration find a reasonable argument to convince the courts to allow the question on the census.

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The president will now have to fight for the reinstatement of the citizenship question. As of now, the problem is timing since the census takes months of preparation. The Commerce Department deadline to send the paperwork to the printer is June 30.

Only in a certain “emergency” could the Census Bureau finalize the forms as late as October and still print them in time for the census to start in spring. But even then, it would be a tall task with such little time.

What will happen next with the 2020 Census?

The census is a vital issue that affects everyone in the U.S. when it comes to things like allocation of money due to population size. The addition of the citizenship question has many predicting that millions of Latinos and immigrants would go uncounted if the census asked everyone if they are American citizens. It would also convince some to not fill the census form altogether.

Immigrant organizations and Democratic leaders argued to the Supreme Court they would receive significantly less federal money if the census asks about citizenship. Households with non-citizens would be less likely to fill out their census forms due to fears of deportation.

If the Trump administration is set for legal battle for the census question, it’s going to take a while. Experts say this ordeal may take until the fall to get sorted out. The majority of census forms are scheduled to go out March 12, in order for the census count to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

READ: Minority Communities Can Breathe A Little Easier, For Now, As The Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

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