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 he won't allow the "flagrant waste of money" to reprint #2020census forms pic.twitter.com/zeWRbIhnmt
— Michael Macagnone (@mikemacagnone) July 9, 2019
People cheered for Serrano’s resolve.
— DJ Andy Hughes (@djandyhughes) July 9, 2019
— Chuck Savage (@ChuckSavageUSA) July 9, 2019
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.
Trump getting desperate. Hard to find attorneys willing to carry the Trump taint around their neck for the rest of their careers.
— Caryn Vesperman (@TouchstoneFarmW) July 8, 2019
It's a standard, when you are losing a case you hope the next lawyer can save you.
— PA. Vignettes (@PAVH48) July 8, 2019
Even the Administration's own lawyers are signaling they don’t support its politically motivated attempt to undermine the Census and our Constitution. https://t.co/rQnVemLcL0
— Mark DeSaulnier (@RepDeSaulnier) July 8, 2019
The answer to this question? Far from over.