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:
Rep. Jose Serrano blasts administration for continuing the fight to add a #CitizenshipQuestion to the census, says… https://t.co/64RFomsJ0j— Michael Macagnone (@Michael Macagnone) 1562687179.0
People cheered for Serrano's resolve.
@politico Yesssssss— DJ Andy Hughes (@DJ Andy Hughes) 1562697901.0
@politico Good man— Chuck Savage (@Chuck Savage) 1562698627.0
@politico Thank goodness someone has a hold of his purse 👛.— Kelly K. Fauvre (@Kelly K. Fauvre) 1562698008.0
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.
@nprpolitics Trump getting desperate. Hard to find attorneys willing to carry the Trump taint around their neck for… https://t.co/8oeE3hqNDP— Caryn Vesperman (@Caryn Vesperman) 1562606486.0
@nprpolitics It's a standard, when you are losing a case you hope the next lawyer can save you.— PA. Vignettes (@PA. Vignettes) 1562603607.0
Even the Administration's own lawyers are signaling they don’t support its politically motivated attempt to undermi… https://t.co/CNT7TPO97U— Mark DeSaulnier (@Mark DeSaulnier) 1562611863.0
The answer to this question? Far from over.