President Donald Trump announced on Thursday his "Plan B" for the citizenship question, and it's undoubtedly the Democrats worst nightmare.
While speaking from the White House Rose Garden, the president announced that he will sign an executive order allowing the government more access to use information available from other agencies to determine citizenship along with the Census.
As Trump detailed in his remarks, this new information can also be used to draw redistricting maps for voting.
This is a way to root out and and block illegal immigrants and ineligible voters from casting a ballot in America's elections.
“Are you a citizen of the United States of America? Oh, gee, I’m sorry, I just can’t answer that question. And that’s after spending billions and billions of dollars,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.
“There used to be a time when you could answer questions like that very easily. There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, I am a citizen of the United States," he added.
Trump then detailed his new Plan B:
Today, I am here to say that we are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.
I stand before you to outline new steps my administration is taking to ensure that citizenship is counted so that we know how many citizens we have in the United States. Make sense?
We will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population, size of citizens and noncitizens in America. It is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the U.S. Populations. Imperative.
Knowing this information is vital to formulating sound public policy, whether the issue is health care, education, civil rights, or immigration. We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, noncitizens, and illegal aliens are in our country.
The department of commerce sensibly decided to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, as has been done many, many times throughout the history of the United States. Unfortunately, this effort was delayed by meritless litigation.
Trump said he was forced to take this route because the Supreme Court striking down the case last month meant there wasn't enough time to re-litigate it in court and get it on the 2020 Census.
The Supreme Court gave a June 27th ruling that a citizenship question was not necessary on census forms for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
The ruling was very strange.
The Supreme Court struck down the case 5-4, with "conservative" Justice John Roberts siding with the four liberal Justices.
But Roberts wrote that it was perfectly legal to add the census question, but essentially argued that the Trump administration needed to make a better argument.
The Trump administration adding the citizenship question is a big deal, and many will appreciate he president not giving up on the fight.
Democrats do not want a citizenship question on the 2020 census because they think it is "racist."