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Trump: Census would be 'meaningless' without citizenship question

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 RossConservative justices seem prepared to let Trump proceed with immigrant census plan for now Supreme Court to hear arguments on Trump administration's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from census Central Asia is changing: the Biden administration should pay close attention MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr breaks with Trump on claims of fraud Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel Barr says DOJ hasn't uncovered widespread voter fraud in 2020 election 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.