An official of the Justice Department confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that the 2020 census will be printed without the inclusion of a citizenship question, marking the end of the controversial effort mounted by the Trump Administration.
On Monday, President Donald Trump said he was still considering the possibility of trying to delay the census from being printed after the Supreme Court ruled last Thursday to block the administration from adding the question to the 2020 questionnaire.
In an email to plaintiffs of the case today, DOJ trial attorney Kate Bailey said “the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process.”
The Supreme Court’s ruling last week seemed to leave open the possibility that the administration could make another attempt to add the question, if it provided a different explanation, after Chief Justice John Roberts said the Commerce Department’s initial rationale “seems to have been contrived.”
“I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”
The Census Bureau had previously set a target date of early July to begin printing the questionnaire in order to have it prepared for delivery to the American public by the April 1 deadline.