President To Pursue Citizenship Count, But Question Won't Be On Census

President Trump Holds News Conference In Rose Garden On Census And Citzenship

A citizenship question will not be on the 2020 census, but President Trump is taking action to determine the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country. Trump announced an executive order that requires every department and agency in the federal government to give the Department of Commerce records about peoples' citizenship. Trump said this method will determine citizenship for 90-percent of the people in the U.S. He said this information can be used by the Census Bureau to create the official census. He pointed out that this will inform public policy decisions, including how elections are administered.

Photo: President Donald Trump makes a statement on the census with Attorney General William Barr in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump, who had previously pushed to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, announced that he would direct the Commerce Department to collect that data in other ways. (Getty Images)

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