FILE - In this May 14, 2013, file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning. The Justice Department says Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the 2020 Census is moving ahead without a question about citizenship. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump says officials working on holiday on census dispute

July 04, 2019 - 6:55 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says administration officials are working on Independence Day in hopes of finding a way to have the 2020 census include a citizenship question — even though the government has begun the process of printing the questionnaire without it.

Trump discusses the dispute in his first tweet of the holiday. He says, "So important for our Country that the very simple and basic 'Are you a Citizen of the United States?' question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census."

Trump's administration has faced numerous roadblocks to adding the question, including last week's Supreme Court ruling that blocked its inclusion, at least temporarily.

On Wednesday, Justice Department officials told a federal judge in Maryland they believed there could be a way to meet the Republican president's demands.

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