Trump will use government records to determine citizenship, not the Census

President Trump may have scrapped his plan to add the question of U.S. citizenship to the 2020 Census but he is determined to get the information another way.

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Late Thursday he issued an executive order which will require all government agencies and departments, such as the Internal Revenue Service, to provide the U.S. Department of Commerce with records on citizens and non-citizens.

"We are not backing down on our effort to determine the U.S. citizenship status of the United States population," he said. "Knowing this information is vital to forming public policy whether the issue is healthcare, education, civil rights or immigration."

Earlier in the day FOX Business confirmed the possibility of "executive action" as it relates to the census.


Earlier this week the president talked up the possibility of an Executive Order, as the Supreme Court has recently kicked the matter back to a lower court but the latest effort is a work around which experts say may provide even more detail than the Census question would have.