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U.S. Still Puzzled Over How to Add Census Citizenship Query

July 5, 2019, 6:25 PMUpdated: July 5, 2019, 9:02 PM

The Justice Department is still searching for a way to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, with President Donald Trump saying he might issue an executive order after the Supreme Court put his effort on hold.

The administration’s uncertainty played out in tweets and court filings on July 5 as government lawyers scrambled to meet a federal judge’s afternoon deadline to explain what it was planning to do.

“In the event the Commerce Department adopts a new rationale for including the citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census consistent with the decisions of the Supreme Court, the government...

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