President Donald Trump’s desire to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census was thwarted by the Supreme Court last month, but Trump is now expected to take matters into his own hands, decreeing the addition by executive order.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the president will discuss his plan on Thursday afternoon during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.
At issue in the Supreme Court ruling was the decision-making process leading up to the government’s stated reason for adding the question, which has not appeared on the census since 1950.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that evidence “tells a story that does not match the explanation[Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross] gave” in how Ross arrived at his justification for adding the citizenship question.
That evidence revolved around a Republican political strategist “whose research indicated it would help shift political power to white voters and Republicans in redistricting.”
After the Supreme Court’s decision, Trump administration lawyers and officials indicated they would no longer try to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census, but Trump subsequently undermined that decision, tweeting that he was still looking for a way to make it happen.
If the president takes executive action on the issue, as expected, the move will be immediately challenged in court.