President Trump considers executive order on census query

The government has already begun the process of printing the census questionnaire without that question.

Posted: Jul 5, 2019 9:42 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2019 9:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to get a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

The Justice Department says it will continue to search for legal grounds to force the inclusion of the question.

Trump says his administration is exploring a number of legal options, but the Justice Department has not said exactly what options remain now that the Supreme Court has barred the question, at least temporarily.

The government has already begun the process of printing the census questionnaire without that question.

The administration's focus on asking broadly about citizenship for the first time since 1950 reflects the enormous political stakes and potential costs in the once-a-decade population count.

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