Trump has announced that intends to count citizenship without using the Census, by ordering all federal agencies and departments to turn over all of their records on citizenship effective immediately.
“We will leave no stone unturned”: President Trump says he is issuing an executive order to make every federal agency and department turn over records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in the U.S. https://t.co/iqq1aOiu6k pic.twitter.com/qFFb6L3y3U
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 11, 2019
NEW: Pres. Trump says he’s issuing executive order requiring all gov’t agencies to provide records on “number of citizens and non-citizens in our country.”
“We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the non-citizen population.” pic.twitter.com/7SEpAL8wBx
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 11, 2019
This makes so much sense, considering how much data the federal government has on citizens and non-citizens in the US.
Trump says they believe this will be even more accurate than using the census, noting that many of these federal departments have ‘great knowledge’.
Barr affirmed Trump’s new plan to count citizenship and derided the fake news media for suggesting Trump was going to try and bypass the Supreme Court. Barr said that was never the plan and called that reporting rampant speculation.
So what do you think of Trump’s new plan?
UPDATE: Daniel Horowitz makes an interesting point about the announcement:
So rather than affirming their prerogative to utilize executive authority, they exalt judicial supremacy!!! No matter the issue, the courts have the FINAL say on ANYTHING. “We would never contemplate…” So that means if a judge said trump had to castrate himself, he’d do it.
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) July 11, 2019
I think he’s exactly right. It does set a bad precedent. But on the flip side I like the new plan Trump has invoked today and look forward to seeing the results.