Despite the Supreme Court temporarily blocking the measure, President Donald Trump is insisting that his administration will continue in its efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, even if it means delaying the constitutionally mandated count.
Democrats emphatically came out against the question's inclusion, fearing it would result in a lack of public resources due to Americans underreporting. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) even said the question's purpose is solely to "make America white again," alluding to Trump's infamous 2016 campaign slogan.
Counteracting the White House's determination, Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) has vowed to block the effort. As the House Democrat overseeing spending on the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau, Serrano has a powerful say in the matter.
Warning that reprinting of the Census would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, the congressman vowed:
"I have no intention of allowing this flagrant waste of money. I once again urge the Trump Administration to give up this fight and allow for a depoliticized and accurate census, as we always have."
Read the full statement below:
People cheered for Serrano's resolve.
The Department of Justice legal team making the case for the question's inclusion recently experienced a massive shakeup, leading many to believe that veteran officials don't believe a delay in the census has any judicial standing.
The answer to this question? Far from over.