President Donald Trump spoke out strongly Monday in favor of a contentious citizenship question that his commerce secretary added to the 2020 Census, asserting that the survey would be “meaningless” without the addition.
In a morning tweet, Trump blamed “Radical Democrats” for trying to remove what he termed “the all important Citizenship Question” that has been derided by advocates for immigrants.
“Report would be meaningless and a waste of the $Billions (ridiculous) that it costs to put together!” Trump said in his tweet.
Census data is used to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding and to determine apportionment and redistricting.
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