July 13, 2019
On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that he would seek citizenship information from existing federal records through an executive order instead of adding the question to the 2020 census.
“We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” said Trump.
“I have determined that it is imperative that all executive agencies and departments provide the Department the maximum assistance permissible … in determining the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country,” the president said.
The president also said that his executive order will be used to draw district lines for House elections, which would exclude illegal immigrants from being counted as parts of a district.
“This information is also relevant to administering our elections,” Trump said. “Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter eligible population. Indeed the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision, it also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions, which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility.”
“With today’s order, we will conduct all of the information we need in order to conduct an accurate census and to make responsible decisions about public policy, voting rights, and representation in Congress.”
“As a result of today’s executive order we will be able to ensure the 2020 census generates an accurate count of how many citizens, non-citizens and illegal aliens are in the United States of America.”
– MK. II