New York attorney general threatens legal action ahead of Trump's census move

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) threatened legal action against the Trump administration’s expected executive action regarding a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

“We stand ready to take all appropriate legal action,” James tweeted Thursday morning.

A White House official said Thursday morning President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE plans to later in the day announce an executive action addressing the addition of a citizenship question to the census, an inquiry the Supreme Court recently blocked the administration from adding to the decennial population count.


White House officials declined to discuss the content of the executive action but told The Hill it may not be a full-blown executive order. 

Trump has hinted in recent days that he may plan to use an executive order to add the question on the 2020 census, though such a move would likely spark a bevy of lawsuits. 

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the administration said it would continue with the census without inquiring about citizenship, only to quickly reverse course when Trump doubled down. 

“They're spending 15 [billion] to 20 billion dollars on a census,” Trump told reporters on Sunday. “They're asking everything except, ‘Are you a citizen of the United States?’ How ridiculous is that? So we are moving forward. We have a couple of avenues.” 

The census will help determine the number of congressional seats and electoral votes that each state gets, making it critical to how votes will be counted in the decade after it is taken. Critics have panned the citizenship question as an effort to undercount immigrant communities and possibly reduce their resources and representation in Congress.