Cuccinelli: 'I do think' citizenship question will be on 2020 census

Cuccinelli: 'I do think' citizenship question will be on 2020 census
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Acting United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli said Sunday that he believes a citizenship question will be on the 2020 census, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling against its inclusion last week.

“I do think so,” Cuccinelli said on “Fox News Sunday” in response to guest host Dana Perino asking whether the question would be on the census.

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“I think the president has expressed determination [to include the question]. He’s noted that the Supreme Court didn’t say this can’t be asked. They said that they didn’t appreciate the process by which it came forward the first time,” he added.

The high court ruled 5-4 against the question, rejecting the Trump administration’s claim that it was necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act and leaving the door open to add the question under a different legal justification.

“The president is determined to fix that and to have it roll forward in the 2020 census,” Cuccinelli said.

After initial reporting that the administration had abandoned its efforts to get the question on 2020 forms, Trump said Friday that he is considering an executive order on the matter as well as printing the forms now and later including the question in an addendum.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion the same day seeking to block such efforts.

“The Trump administration repeatedly argued the census forms could not be altered after June 30. They’ve now changed their tune because the Supreme Court ruled against them. They can’t have it both ways. Trump’s lawlessness will not go unanswered,” Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement.