"News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!" "We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question". For instance, Department of Justice spokeswoman Kelly Laco told the left-leaning Associated Press that there would be "no citizenship question on 2020 census".
"The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question".
The Commerce Department decided not to add the question after the Supreme Court blocked it last week.
Trump disputed that characterization in his tweet Wednesday.
Even if the citizenship question is not on the questionnaire, the Census Bureau is still able to gather some citizenship data using its annual American Community Survey.
On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump wrote that the Supreme Court ruling marked a "very sad time for America".
In a one-line email sent Tuesday, a Justice Department lawyer informed attorneys in a related lawsuit in Maryland federal court that "the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process". Supporters say the question allows for an accurate count of US citizens while detractors claim the question would lead to illegal immigrants not filling out the census.
Further, Congress would have to change the law for the count to be delayed because Title 13 of the U.S. Code mandates that it take place on April 1, 2020, according to John Thompson, who served as Census Bureau director during Obama's second term. The Justice Department confirmed that the question had been dropped.
"Raskin expressed concern that testimony from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office shows the Census Bureau is at risk of missing key milestones, 'including partnership specialist hiring and the correction of high-risk security vulnerabilities, and lacks a proper system for tracking and implementing crucial security recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security".
A group of states including NY and immigrant rights organizations challenged the legality of the citizenship question. (Michelle R. Smith/AP Photo) President Donald Trump speaks next to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on February 12, 2019.
Lower court decisions had also ruled that Ross' decision to include the question was "arbitrary and capricious", in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
"While the Trump Administration may have attempted to politicize the census and punish cities and states across the nation, justice prevailed, and the census will continue to remain a tool for obtaining an accurate count of our population", said New York Attorney General Letitia James.