Trump: Census would be 'meaningless' without citizenship question

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy 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 RossNOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet Democrats ramp up calls to investigate NOAA Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Justice OIG completes probe on FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide 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.