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Trump claims 2020 census without citizenship question is "meaningless"

President Donald Trump speaking at a rally
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President Trump tweeted Monday that without the citizenship question on the 2020 census, the "[r]eport would be meaningless and a waste of $Billions (ridiculous) that is costs to put together."

  • The request to ask about the citizenship of American residents on the census came from the Department of Justice in 2017. The DOJ said the data would help them better enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race or gender.

Background: Federal courts have blocked the Trump administration's request. The last time all households were asked the question was in 1950. The question has been asked on a long-form questionnaire from 1970 to 2000, but most households receive the short-form questionnaire that does not include the question, PolitiFact reports.