WASHINGTON, D.C. (KETK) – President Trump said in a public speech from the White House Thursday that he is dropping the issue of putting the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Instead, he said he will order federal agencies to collect citizenship data from other sources and provide it to the Commerce Bureau.
He said he will sign an executive order to that effect “immediately.”
“It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the United States population,” Trump said at a Rose Garden announcement. He insisted he was “not backing down.”
Trump’s plan to add the citizenship question to the dicennial census was recently thwarted by the U.S. Supreme Court.