President Trump held a presser from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon.
Trump confirmed an earlier report claiming he would take executive action that instructs the Commerce Department to acquire data on citizenship through other means.
“Today I will be issuing an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately,” Trump said. “I am hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country.”
“The Census Bureau projected that using previously available records, I could determine citizenship for 90% of our population or more,” Trump said. “We’re aiming to count everyone.”
“We will leave no stone unturned,” he added.
Donald Trump is using his executive powers to order every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all records on the number of citizens and non-citizens in the U.S. pic.twitter.com/WBDQQwB6i2
— POLITICO (@politico) July 11, 2019
President Trump was forced to take this route after the Supreme Court (liberal Chief Justice Roberts) asserted that the Trump Admin failed to adequately justify adding the citizenship question to the census.
No doubt, this executive action taken by President Trump will be challenged in court by radical, open borders zealots.