The Supreme Court (for now) did not back President Trump on his efforts to include a citizenship question on the next Census.
Many suspect Chief Justice John Roberts has been compromised.
He’s been a TOTAL disappointment ever since being appointed to the bench.
Talk about a RINO in Chief.
But it looks like President Trump has a new solution:
From Yahoo News:
President Donald Trump said Friday he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to try to force the inclusion of a citizenship question as part of the 2020 Census.
Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for a weekend in New Jersey, Trump said the idea is among four or five options he's considering as he pushes the issue.
"It's one of the ways that we're thinking about doing it, very seriously," he said, despite the fact that the government has already begun the process of printing the census questionnaire without that question.
Trump's administration has faced numerous roadblocks to adding the question, including last week's Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily. But Trump has insisted his administration push forward, and suggested Friday officials might be able to add an addendum to the questionnaire with the question after it's already printed.
An executive order would not, by itself, override court rulings blocking the inclusion of the citizenship question. But such an action from Trump would perhaps give administration lawyers a new basis to try to persuade federal courts that the question could be included.
"Executive orders do not override decisions of the Supreme Court," Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement Friday. MALDEF is representing plaintiffs in the census lawsuit in Maryland.
Opponents of the citizenship question say it would discourage immigrant participation, resulting in inaccurate figures for a count that determines the distribution of some $675 billion in federal spending, as well as how many congressional districts each state gets.
And from The Hill:
President Trump told reporters on Friday that he is considering an executive order to ensure a citizenship question is included on the U.S. census.
Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he has four or five options and is "thinking about" an executive order. He also said his administration could begin printing the 2020 census and later include the question as part of an addendum.
“We’re thinking about doing that, it’s one of the ways,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., noting that administration officials are “doing very well” on the issue.
Trump also weighed in on the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the citizenship question.
“I have a lot of respect for [Chief] Justice [John] Roberts — but he didn’t like it, but he did say come back,” Trump said. “We could start the printing now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision.”
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last week to block the citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census for now, saying the administration’s argument that the question is needed to enforce a federal voting rights law didn’t line up with the evidence provided in the case. The high court directed the administration to come up with a new legal rationale for adding the question.
Initially, it seemed that the administration had given up on the idea of including the query.
But Trump tweeted on Wednesday and Thursday that he intended to find a way to include the question on the census.
Trump’s remarks on Friday followed reports that he was mulling an executive order to add the controversial question to the census after the Supreme Court’s ruling dealt the administration a significant setback.
It is unclear whether Trump would be able to successfully use an executive order to add the citizenship question. Such a move is certain to trigger another round of legal challenges.
Officials with the Justice and Commerce departments have been working since Wednesday to find new ways to legally rationalize the inclusion of the citizenship question on the census in the wake of Trump’s tweets, after previously saying the administration would print the 2020 census without the question.
Meanwhile, a federal judge in Maryland who is overseeing a lawsuit over the citizenship question has set a 2 p.m. Friday deadline for the administration to explain how it will move forward.
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