Article: Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens

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Why the U.S. Census Bureau could have trouble complying with Trump’s order to count citizens

President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. Census Bureau, to do something it would prefer to avoid: Determine the citizenship status of every U.S. resident, and where they live, without asking them. And he wants the answer by early 2021.

The presidential directive, issued in July, is an outgrowth of a failed attempt by the Trump administration to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census to be conducted next April. And meeting his short deadline will be a stern test for the nation’s largest statistical agency.

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