Trump turning to non-census avenue on citizenship question

Steeply regrettable but it will not
stop us from collecting the needed information and I think even in
greater detail and more accurately. Therefore we are pursuing a new
option to ensure a complete and timely count of the non
citizen population. Today I will be issuing
an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately. I am here by ordering every department and
agency in the federal government, to provide the Department of Commerce
with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and
non-citizens in our country. They must furnish all legally accessible
records in their possession immediately. We will utilize this best federal
databases to gain a full complete and accurate count of the non-citizen
population including databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security,
and the Social Security Administration. We have great knowledge
in many of our agencies. We will leave now stone unturned. The census bureau projected that
using previously available records, it could determine citizenship for
90%of our population or more. With today’s executive order
which eliminates long-standing obstacles to data sharing,
we’re aiming to count everyone. Ultimately, this will allow us to
have an even more complete count of citizens than through asking
the single question alone. It will be we think far more accurate. The census bureau can use this
information along with the information collected through the questionnaire
to create the official census. In other words, as a result of today’s
executive order, we will be able to ensure the 2020 census generation accurate count
of how many citizens, non-citizens and illegal aliens are in the United States
of America not too much to ask. This will greatly inform a wide
array of public policy decisions.

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