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President Donald Trump considering executive order to add citizenship question to United States census

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 12:44:35-04

President Donald Trump is considering using an executive order to add a citizenship question on the next United States census.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against Trump on including the citizenship question, but the president has not given up on the issue.

The next census will be issued in 2020 and according to his Twitter, Trump would like to ask, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?"

It seemed earlier in the week that the administration had backed off the issue, but Trump took to social media to assure that this was not the case.

"The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE!" Trump tweeted. "We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question."

An executive order can have the same effect as a federal law, under certain circumstances, but Congress can pass a new law to override the executive order.