Trump to use executive order to address citizenship question on 2020 Census

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President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with the failures of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend his decision to include the citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Trump is expected to announce an executive order to address the issue of citizenship question to the Decennial Census on Thursday afternoon.

In a tweet early morning Thursday, The President wrote, “The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.”

Last week, Trump told reporters that he is considering issuing an executive order to resolve the matter. “It’s one of the ways. We have four or five ways we can do it. It’s one of the ways and we’re thinking about doing it very seriously.”

The President’s news conference for Thursday comes after two federal judges rejected the request of the DOJ to replace its entire legal team defending the inclusion of the citizenship question on the census.

Two federal judges rejected DOJ’s latest efforts on citizenship question

U.S. District Court Judge Jesse in New York ruled that the DOJ’s request was “patently deficient.” He added, “Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel. “As this Court observed many months ago, this case has been litigated on the premise — based ‘in no small part’ on Defendants’ own ‘insist(ence)’ — that the speedy resolution of Plaintiffs’ claims is a matter of great private and public importance.”

On the other hand, U.S. District Court Judge George Hazel in Maryland shared Judge Furman’s concerns that the DOJ’s request “may be disruptive to an already complicated an expedited case.”

The DOJ was scrambling to change its legal team on the case after Trump said last week that his administration is “absolutely moving forward” on reinstating the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

The President essentially contradicted the decision of DOJ and the Department of Commerce to print the 2020 Census without the citizenship question.

The departments made the decision after the Supreme Court ruled that the Commerce Department failed to provide adequate and clear explanation to support its action. The high court said Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross’ reasons were “contrived.” It agreed with the District Court’s ruling in remanding the issue to the Commerce Department.