President Trump Not Backing Down on Citizenship Count

President Trump is dropping his controversial plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

He now says he plans to get the information from existing federal records.

The Trump administration has continually said it will not back down on getting a tally on U.S. citizens.

This is despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bar the question from the 2020 census.

But now the president has announced an executive order directing agencies to hand over citizenship information to the United States Department of Commerce.

The announcement sparked an immediate response from Democrats and activist groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. Many of whom are relieved he isn’t following through with his original plan.

Right now it is unclear how much additional information is in federal databases and whether it will actually give the government a better picture of how many non-citizens are in the U.S.