President Donald Trump said late Monday his administration was still looking into delaying the 2020 census over disputes about the legality of a citizenship question. Speaking with reporters in the Oval Office, the president reiterated his incredulity that asking about citizenship is not part of the census.
“I think it is very important to find out if somebody is a citizen as opposed to an illegal,” Trump said. “It is a big difference to me between being a citizen of the United States and being an illegal. So we are trying to do that. We’re looking at that very strongly.””
The Constitution mandates regular censuses that count all residents of the country — not only citizens — in order to determine their representation in Congress.
Last week the Supreme Court punted on the citizenship question, sending it back to lower courts.
Trump tells reporters he’s still “looking at” delaying the census unless a citizenship question can be included. (Trump is constitutionally obligated to conduct a census next year.) pic.twitter.com/2VTjVe0oFX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 1, 2019