Though the predominately liberal media has been unsurprisingly less than forthcoming with the details, the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was neither as conclusive nor as final as it has been portrayed.
Instead, the ruling merely kicked the case back down to the lower courts and left the door wide open for the Trump administration to try again with a different line of reasoning than it used before, and a top administration official confirmed on Sunday that not only would the administration press forward with its efforts, but he also expressed confidence that the initiative would ultimately prevail.
The Washington Examiner reports that Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said as much during an appearance on Fox News Sunday with guest host Dana Perino.
The discussion began with Perino noting that the president dismissed as “fake news” certain media reports suggesting that the administration was going to let the question drop and no longer pursue adding it to the 2020 Census.
She also referenced remarks Trump made on Friday to White House reporters, in which Trump listed just a few of the constitutional reasons for the question.
“You need it for Congress, for districting,” she said. “You need it for appropriations. Where are the funds going? How many people are there? Are they citizens? Are they not citizens? You need it for many reasons.”
Trump still “determined”
Perino asked Cuccinelli directly whether he believed the citizenship question would be included in the upcoming census.
Cuccinelli replied, “I do think so.”
“I think the president has expressed determination, he’s noted that the Supreme Court didn’t say ‘this can’t be asked,’ they said they didn’t appreciate the process by which it came forward the first time,” he continued. “So the president is determined to fix that and to have it roll forward in the 2020 Census.”
Cuccinelli also noted that aside from congressional districting and federal appropriations, there are a host of other reasons why a citizenship question is important, such as the manner in which his own Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (CIS) distributes resources to state and municipal governments.
Far from being a done deal, the citizenship question on the 2020 Census is still very much in play, and it should be clear that President Trump fully intends to see it included in some form or fashion, whether via a favorable court ruling, as an optional addendum to the broader census, or even by way of an executive order to include it.
The point is, the fight is still on, and given Trump’s determination and history of winning the things he has set as a goal, supporters of the citizenship question should have confidence that Trump is likely to prevail in the end.