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Trump backs down on including citizenship question in 2020 census

US President Donald Trump backed down Thursday on a push to force a controversial question on citizenship onto the 2020 census following a backlash by civil rights campaigners. Critics said the administration wanted to add the question to suppress participation by immigrant communities in the once-a-decade survey that helps officials determine where to allocate federal resources. We are pursuing a new option to ensure a complete and timely count of the non-citizen population, the president told a news conference at the White House. Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court seemingly ended a legal and political battle over the issue, concluding that the Trump administration s stated reasons for including the question were contrived and blocking the move. Stung by the conservative-majority high court s 5-4 decision, Trump raised the possibility of forcing the issue with an executive order, or even postponing the census. The stakes are immense: the census helps determine the disbursement of ..

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