President Trump on Thursday said that he has asked his administration to have the 2020 census delayed “no matter how long” in light of the Supreme Court ruling blocking his administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the census.
“Seems totally ridiculous that our government, and indeed Country, cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship in a very expensive, detailed and important Census, in this case for 2020,” Trump tweeted.
“I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter,” he added.
“Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!”
…..United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
The Supreme Court earlier Thursday ruled 5-4 against the Trump administration over the census citizenship question.
The majority found that the official reasoning for the question was not in line with evidence presented in the case and sent the matter back to the Commerce Department to provide a reasoning more aligned with the evidence.
The Hill reports:
A delay in the census would be a significant drain on resources, as the survey is often planned years in advance. And the Trump administration has argued in court filings that it needs to start printing materials by Sunday in order to get the census out in time — a claim the president has indicated he is now willing to abandon, having lost in court.
Delaying the census could also spur additional legal challenges, as the Constitution mandates that a census be conducted every 10 years.
The Trump administration had argued that the question was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act. But opponents of the question said asking about citizenship would cause non-citizens and immigrants to skip the question or the census altogether, leading to an inaccurate count of the population.
“Several points, considered together, reveal a significant mismatch between the decision [Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross] made and the rationale he provided,” Roberts wrote in the opinion issued Thursday.