President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny media reporting that the 2020 census form was being printed without the hotly contested citizenship question being included.
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! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
Tuesday evening it was announced that the printing for the form would move ahead without the question added.
In his statement Ross explained that in light of the Supreme Court ruling which blocked the addition of the citizenship question citing that the admin failed to make a legally adequate case for its addition and blocked the admin from moving forward at that time, that the census would move forward without the question being added.
I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.Ross statement via CNN.
CNBC News reported that Department of Justice Attorney Kate Bailey notified other challengers via email that confirmed the question would not be included on the 2020 census.
They're already printing them… pic.twitter.com/DIlrGJ8mpu— Tabi (@ApplebeeTabitha) July 3, 2019
Aside from Ross and Bailey, Kelly Laco, a Department of Justice confirmed to CNBC News that there would be no citizenship question on the census form for 2020.
Politico has reported that there is still a remote possibility that question might “resurface in a digital 2020 questionnaire later on,” but they added, “it is generally understood that the paper and digital forms must be the same.”
As Snip Bytes reported President Trump via tweet floated the idea of postponing the census after the census ruling was handed down by the Supreme Court. In return Twitter users gave President Trump yet another lesson in civics.