WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — President Donald Trump is abandoning his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
“Are you a citizen of the United States of America?,” President Trump asked. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”
Instead, Trump says he’s ordering every federal department and agency to provide the Commerce Department with all records it requests pertaining to the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country.
“We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the non citizen population,” President Trump added. “We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens are in our country.”
Trump’s plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census was thwarted by a recent Supreme Court ruling on legal challenges to the effort.
One Wisconsin lawmaker said she feels as if the President already had access to citizenship information.
“Frankly I think that was already at his disposal but this was perhaps a way to announce a conclusion to this issue,” United States Senator Tammy Baldwin said.
“Really the executive order is nothing new,” Tony Gonzalez, Hispanic Outreach for E.A.G. Interpreters said. “It’s just more of a makeup to say we’re still doing it in some way.”
Tony, a local advocate for Hispanics, said people who are in fear of the executive order should have nothing to worry about.
“They can get that information, but the only information they can get is the number of citizens,” Gonzalez added. “Any other information that goes along with that like addresses, ages, or anything cannot be given. We pride ourselves on being a nation of law and following the rule of law. The rule of law says it’s prohibited to get any other information other than the one that they are seeking, as far as knowing the number of American citizens that live in our nation.”
There’s still no word on exactly how the database information will be applied to the census process.