AG Barr Explains Why Trump Had To Back Down On The Census Citizenship Question
Added 07-11-19 08:16:02pm EST - “The government cannot continue its legal fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form because of time constraints, Attorney General Barr said.” - Dailycaller.com
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The government cannot continue its legal fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form because of time constraints, Attorney General William Barr argued Thursday.
While insisting that the government’s legal position is correct on the merits, Barr said continued litigation would seriously disrupt the census itself.
“The problem is that any new decision would be subject to immediate challenge as a new claim in the three ongoing district court cases,” Barr said. “In addition, there are injunctions currently in place that forbid adding the question. There is simply no way to litigate these issues and obtain relief from the current injunctions in time to implement any new decision without jeopardizing our ability to carry out the census itself, which we are not going to do.”
“As a practical matter, the Supreme Court’s decision closed all paths to adding the question to the 2020 decennial census,” he added. “Put simply, the impediment was logistical, not legal. We simply cannot complete the litigation in time to carry out the census.”
Barr emphasized that the high court decided it is lawful to include a citizenship question on the census form as a general matter. The justices ruled against the administration on narrow grounds, finding the government’s official explanation for its action was “contrived.” The AG said that problem is “curable,” and expressed confidence that the administration could have prevailed if not for the press of time.
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