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Source: ABC News

By KATHERINE FAULDERSandALEXANDER MALLIN
Jul 11, 2019, 2:01 PM ET

President Donald Trump is expected to announce later Thursday he is backing down from his effort to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, and will instead take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to obtain an estimate of U.S. citizenship through other means, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The expected announcement would bring to a close weeks of escalating confusion within the government over his demands that the controversial question be included in the census despite a Supreme Court order that had blocked the move. The White House declined to comment about what exactly the president plans to

As recently as Thursday morning, administration officials had been repeatedly suggested the president would take executive action calling for the question be added to the census. It was not immediately clear when and why the final decision was made not to move forward with that plan.

Attorney General William Barr, who was expected to attend the announcement, will now have to determine a path forward for three separate ongoing court cases the administration is fighting in Maryland, California and New York over the administration's efforts to add the question to the census.



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UPDATE:

Trump abandons effort to add citizenship question to census


The president has vowed to fight for the question after multiple legal setbacks.

By ANITA KUMAR 07/11/2019 08:39 AM EDT Updated 07/11/2019 03:56 PM EDT

Update, 3:56 p.m.: The Trump administration is dropping its efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, President Donald Trump will announce Thursday, a senior administration official confirmed.

Instead, he is expected to direct his administration to obtain citizenship data through other means. The move caps more than a week of conflicting messages from the White House over how it would proceed on the issue following a Supreme Court ruling that blocked the Trump administration from including a citizenship question on the decennial questionnaire.

As recently as Thursday morning, Trump had been expected to take executive action directing his officials to add the question to the census, a step that would have come just days after the Justice Department said it would abide by the Supreme Court ruling barring the question.

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