No Citizenship Question on 2020 Census as Trump Backs Down

Instead, the president signed an executive order directing government agencies to sift through documents and databases to determine Americans’ citizenship status.

by Eric Boehm
Reason.com

President Donald Trump is dropping his quixotic effort to ask Americans about their immigration status during next year’s census, but his administration’s efforts to identify illegal immigrants will continue.

In place of the census question, Trump says he will issue an executive order instructing government agencies to sift through existing databases and documents to determine residents’ immigration status. “We will leave no stone unturned,” Trump said during a press conference in the White House’s rose garden on Thursday evening. “I am here to say we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”

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