There is actually a very good reason why you are not supposed to ask respondents to a census if they are citizens or not, but Trump already knows that.

Courtesy of The Hill:

President Trump said Monday he’s looking “very strongly” at delaying the 2020 census if the administration is not allowed to add a citizenship question, an unprecedented move that would surely trigger new legal challenges.

“We’re looking at that,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about a delay. “So you can ask other things, but you can’t ask whether or not somebody is a citizen? So we are trying to do that. We’re looking at that very strongly.”

Trump first floated a delay of the census last week after the Supreme Court blocked the administration from including a citizenship question, demanding that the Commerce Department provide a more clear-cut explanation for the move.

The president said it’s crucial the question be asked because “it’s very important to find out if somebody’s a citizen as opposed to an illegal.” He said, without citing evidence, that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. are “treated better than the coal miner” suffering from black lung.

Well, as usual, that made no sense. 

Trump’s threat of delaying the census was no idle threat either, they already missed a crucial deadline.

Courtesy of Salon:

A new report reveals that preparations for the upcoming 2020 Census have fallen behind following the Trump administration’s recent defeat in a Supreme Court case regarding whether a citizenship question to recipients.

A website that monitors the review progress of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget shows the 2020 Census materials do not appear to have been officially approved. This is despite the fact that the Trump administration had established Monday as its deadline to start printing the paper forms, according to NPR.

“The delay in printing 1.5 billion paper census mailings could throw a wrench into a tightly wound timetable of final preparations for the 2020 Census,” NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang wrote. “The count is scheduled to begin officially in January in rural Alaska before rolling out to the rest of the country by April.”

Meanwhile, Justice Department attorneys informed a federal judge in Maryland on Monday that the Trump administration had not yet decided whether it wishes to pursue adding the citizenship question in court. U.S. District Judge George Hazel agreed to hold a hearing Tuesday on the matter, according to NPR.

However, the courts put the Trump Administration into a submission hold and yesterday they cried “Uncle.”

Courtesy of WaPo:

The Trump administration has dropped plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the Justice Department said Tuesday, just days after the Supreme Court described the rationale for the question as “contrived.”

The decision was made after officials determined that there would not be enough time to continue the legal battle and meet the printing deadlines for the census questionnaire, according to people familiar with the matter.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement Tuesday that “I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.”

The decision to eliminate the question was a victory for civil rights advocates concerned that the query would lead to an inaccurate count of immigrant communities that could skew political representation and federal funding.

Thank goodness the judicial system still works in this country.

At least so far.