President Trump drops citizenship question from census

President Donald Trump arrives with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr to speak about the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Alex Brandon

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump is abandoning his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Instead, Trump said 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 noncitizens in the country.

Trump said he will sign an executive order to put this new plan into effect "immediately."

Trump's plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census was ended by a recent Supreme Court ruling on legal challenges to the effort.

Attorney General William Barr said the federal government is abandoning its efforts to inquire about citizenship status on the census due to logistics, not legality.

Barr said that he believes the administration had "ample justification" to inquire about citizenship status.

Barr said there was no way "to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census."

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