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Report: Trump Drops Plan for Executive Action on Census Citizenship Question

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 02:44 PM

President Donald Trump on Thursday is now expected to reverse course and drop plans to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census, but order the government do the survey by other means, ABC News reported.

White House officials declined to comment ahead of the president's remarks, which were scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

Trump was expected to announce some type of executive action to survey the American public on whether or not they are U.S. citizens, but how that would work was not immediately clear.

The administration's attempts to add the question had been blocked in the courts because of challenges from some U.S. states and civil rights groups.

The census is used to determine how many seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives and also affects how billions of dollars in federal funds are doled out across the country.

Critics say asking about citizenship in the census discriminates against racial minorities and is aimed at giving Republicans an unfair advantage in elections.

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President Donald Trump is now expected to reverse course and drop plans to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census, but order the government do the survey by other means, according to ABC News.
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