President Donald Trump declaring that his administration’s push to include a citizenship question as part of the 2020 census is not over.
Despite his own commerce secretary announcing hours earlier that they were moving forward without it in response to a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
Trump tweeted, “the news reports about the department of commerce dropping its quest to put the citizenship question on the census is incorrect or, to state it differently, fake!”
The president stressed, “We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”
The Department of Commerce has not reacted Trump’s latest tweet.
The Supreme Court ruled last week that a citizenship question could not be added for now but said the commerce department, which oversees the census bureau, could try to provide a different reasoning in the future.
Immigrant rights advocates believe adding the citizenship question to the census would discourage immigrants from participating, and could impact how communities with large immigrant populations are represented in Washington DC, as well as how federal funds are distributed.
“This decision to add the citizenship question was not based on protecting minority voters, it was based on suppressing their voice,” said Nick Katz, senior manager of legal services at CASA.