After the Supreme Court ruled against President Trump’s push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Trump has refused to back down.
He allegedly instructed the DOJ to find a way to ensure that the question would be added to the census.
The question would ask: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”
Now, Trump is considering overruling the court’s decision with an executive order!
Take a look at this breaking news that hit Twitter:
Before the news broke that he was considering using an executive order, President Trump had tweeted out on the 4th of July that his departments were "working very hard" on getting the question onto the census.
Here's the president's tweet:
Here's an overview on the situation from Axios:
President Trump is considering an executive order to try to move forward with a citizenship question on the 2020 census, top sources tell Jonathan Swan and me.
- "We didn’t come this far just to throw in the towel," said a senior administration official with direct knowledge of the conversations.
Administration lawyers are exploring various legal options.
- A senior legal source said: "The administration is considering the appropriateness of an executive order that would address the constitutional need for the citizenship question to be included in the 2020 census."
- But there is considerable skepticism within the administration that an executive order would succeed.
Why it matters: Trump's insistence on pushing ahead with the question, potentially without doing the legwork the Supreme Court called for, reflects his expansive view of executive power.
- A source familiar with some of the administration's internal deliberations said: "I think that there’s a good argument to be made that even though the president may lose in litigation at the end of the day, going through that process ultimately makes it clear that it’s the chief justice, and not the Executive Branch, that bears responsibility for that unfortunate outcome."
The Hill also had the following to say about the potential executive order:
Senior administration officials told the news outlet that Trump is trying to find a workaround after a Supreme Court ruling that initially led the Department of Justice to drop the question from the census materials.
"We didn't come this far just to throw in the towel," one senior administration official told Axios.
However, not all officials within the administration are confident an executive order would succeed, Axios reports.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.