Trump: Census would be 'meaningless' without citizenship question

President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE on Monday chided Democrats for opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, arguing the report would be "meaningless" and a waste of money without the controversial inquiry.

"Can you believe that the Radical Left Democrats want to do our new and very important Census Report without the all important Citizenship Question," Trump tweeted. "Report would be meaningless and a waste of the $Billions (ridiculous) that it costs to put together!"

 

Trump's tweet comes a day before the Democrat-led House Oversight and Reform Committee is scheduled to vote to issue subpoenas to Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump trade adviser pushes back on reports of US-China tariff deal China, US agree to reduce tariffs amid trade talks, Beijing says Income for poorest Americans fell faster than previously thought: study MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report Bill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' MORE over the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the next census.

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The House panel is seeking further documentation and information on why the administration moved to add the citizenship question, which had not been included on a census survey in decades.

The Commerce Department agreed in March 2018 to add a question to the 2020 census asking whether respondents were citizens of the U.S. Ross said it would help the Department of Justice better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

Critics have asserted that the new query could be used to identify those in the country illegally or discourage them from filling out a survey. As a result, government officials and advocacy groups challenging the move argued the question would jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count.

Census data is used to redraw congressional districts, which determine how many House seats each state receives and how many Electoral College votes they can cast in presidential elections. The count also determines how federal funding is divided up among states. 

A federal judge ruled earlier this year against asking the question. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, and justices are scheduled to listen to arguments next week.