Transcript of President Trump and AG Bill Barr Citizenship and Census Announcement…

Rather than listen to media pundits explain what President Trump and AG Bill Barr said today at the White House, here’s the transcript:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much everyone. 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. 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.”

Now they’re trying to erase the very existence of a very important word and a very important thing: citizenship. They’re even coming after the Pledge of Allegiance in Minnesota. I’m proud to be a citizen. You’re proud to be a citizen. The only people who are not proud to be citizens are the ones who are fighting us all the way about the word, “citizen.”

Today I’m here to say 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. Makes sense?

We will defend the right of the American people to know the full facts about the population size of citizens and non-citizens 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 healthcare, education, civil rights, or immigration. We must have a reliable count of how many citizens, non-citizens, 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. As shocking as it may be, far-left Democrats in our country are determined to conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst. They probably know the number is far greater, much higher than anyone would have believed before. Maybe that’s why they fight so hard.

This is part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of the American citizen. And it’s very unfair to our country.

The Supreme Court ultimately affirmed our right to ask the citizenship question. And, very strongly, it was affirmed. But the Supreme Court ruled that we must provide further explanation that would have produced even more litigation and considerable time delays.

The case is already in three federal district courts that have been, to be totally honest, extremely unfriendly to us. These delays would have prevented us from completing the census on time. It’s deeply regrettable, but it will not stop us from collecting the needed information — and I think even in greater detail and more accurately. Therefore, we are pursuing a new option to ensure a complete and timely count of the non-citizen population.

Today, I will be issuing an executive order to put this very plan into effect immediately. I’m hereby ordering every department and agency in the federal government to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in our country. They must furnish all legally accessible records in their possession immediately.

We will utilize these vast federal databases to gain a full, complete, and accurate count of the non-citizen population, including databases maintained by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

We have great knowledge in many of our agencies. We will leave no stone unturned. The Census Bureau projected that using previously available records, it could determine citizenship for 90 percent of our population or more.

With today’s executive order, which eliminates long-standing obstacles to data sharing, we’re aiming to count everyone. Ultimately, this will allow us to have an even more complete count of citizens than through asking the single question alone. It will be, we think, far more accurate.

The Census Bureau can use this information, along with information collected through the questionnaire, to create the official census. In other words, as a result of today’s executive order, we will be able to ensure the 2020 Census generates an accurate count of how many citizens, non-citizens, and illegal aliens are in the United States of America. Not too much to ask.

This will greatly inform a wide array of public policy decisions. This information is also relevant to administering our elections. Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter-eligible population.

Indeed, the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision, it also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions, which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility.

With today’s order, we will collect all of the information we need to conduct an accurate census and to make responsible decisions about public policy, voting rights, and representation in Congress.

In everything we do, we will faithfully represent the people of the United States of America.

I would like now to introduce Attorney General Bill Barr to the podium. Thank you. Thank you, Bill. (Applause.)

ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: Good evening. Thank you, Mr. President. And congratulations on today’s executive order, which will ensure that we finally have an accurate understanding of how many citizens and non-citizens live in our country.

As the Supreme Court recognized, it would be perfectly lawful for the federal government to ask on the census whether individuals are citizens of the United States. And it’s entirely reasonable to want to know how many citizens and non-citizens there are in the United States.

In fact, the federal government has routinely asked questions relating to citizenship ever since the 1820s. But while the Supreme Court correctly recognized that it would be entirely appropriate to include citizenship questions on the census, it nevertheless held that the Commerce Department did not adequately explain its decisions for doing so on the 2020 Census — because, as the Supreme Court recognized, the defect in the Commerce Department’s decision was curable with a better record.

The President asked me to work with Secretary Ross to determine whether there remained a viable path for including a citizenship question on the census. I did so.

In my view, the government has ample justification to inquire about citizenship status on the census, and could plainly provide rationales for doing so that would satisfy the Supreme Court. And therefore, there is no question that a new decision to add the question would ultimately survive legal review.

The problem is that any new decision would be subject to immediate challenge as a new claim in the three ongoing district court cases. 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, which we’re not going to do. We’re not going to jeopardize our ability to carry out the census.

So as a practical matter, the Supreme Court’s decision closed all paths to adding the question to the 2020 census. Put simply, the impediment was not — it was a logistical impediment, not a legal one. We simply cannot complete the litigation in time to carry out the census.

One other point on this: Some in the media have been suggesting, in the hysterical mode of the day, that the administration has been planning to add the citizenship question to the census by executive fiat without regard to contrary court orders or what the Supreme Court might say. This has been based on rank speculation and nothing more.

As should be obvious, there has never been under cons- — this has never been under consideration. We have always accepted that any new decision to add a citizenship question to the census would be subject to judicial review.

Turning to today, I applaud the President for recognizing in his executive order that including a question on the census is not the only way to obtain this vital information. The course the President has chosen today will bring unprecedented resources to bear on determining how many citizens and non-citizens are in our country, and will yield the best data the government has had on citizenship in many decades. That information will be used for countless purposes, as the President explained in his remarks today.

For example, there is a current dispute over whether illegal aliens can be included for apportionment purposes. Depending on the resolution of that dispute, this data may be relevant to those considerations. We will be studying this issue.

Congratulations again, Mr. President, on taking this effective action.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you, Bill. (Applause.) Thank you very much.


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233 Responses to Transcript of President Trump and AG Bill Barr Citizenship and Census Announcement…

  1. suejeanne1 says:

    God bless you, Mr. President – yes, it makes sense to ask this most basic question –

    those who are against this logical use of the Census are part of the anarchy, attempting to destabilize and knock the pins out from under us – like painting out a mural because George Washington is in it? How do we stop this insanity – just NO, dammit!

    Liked by 5 people

    • suejeanne1,
      “like painting out a mural because George Washington is in it? How do we stop this insanity”
      I agree. I think we need to find a way to fight these morons, h3ll bent into erasing the history of this great nation, the same way they are are doing to us – litigate every d@mn thing they want to do? I know they have far deeper pockets, aided by Satan’s minion like Soros, but I think with site like go-fund me, we, the common folks of this great nation, can easily beat any number of Soros combined.
      Public school is funded by taxpayers money so not sure if any one person from that school district or group of people from that school district can sue this school and stop them from doing it. I do not think they can claim, like Google / Twitter / Facebook, that they are private enterprise and can do whatever they want.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Cocoon says:

    One could determine, since the question of citizenship was determined Constitutionally allowable by the Supreme Court, there is a conspiracy to keep it off the Census in 2020.
    Once again, the Trump Administration is putting US citizens and their voting rights first.
    At a time when citizens are migrating away from high tax, over populated States, it is more important than ever we have accurate records.
    For instance, why would growing population of US citizens in one State, have their Federal tax dollars going to a State with less citizens and potentially more illegal aliens?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Haveaspine says:

    John Roberts you should be ashamed of yourself. You are not qualified to be Chief Justice, in my opinion.

    Liked by 10 people

  4. scrap1ron says:

    So what happens when the leftist leviathan investing these federal departments don’t produce the necessary data or submit incomplete or massaged data, just like they do with everything else?
    You think this data might be wiped clean, like with a cloth?

    As to the citizenship question itself, depending on virtue of people here illegally, whether border jumpers or overstayed visas, to answer the question honesty is delusional.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. lovearepublican says:

    He should have used the Executive Order to put the question on the census, AND make the agencies report. This is a cave. You can TRY and spin it otherwise, but we took a hit. A big hit. These agencies simply wont do what he says. They will stall, or outright give him the finger and there is NOTHING he will be able to do about it…except tweet.

    Liked by 2 people

    • JAS says:

      Not really. I think this is actually a better way to do it. We already have all the numbers. The way POTUS wants to do it is more accurate.

      I’m willing to accept this method assuming a 10-15 percent margin of error due to errors, omissions and thievery.

      It will also result in a massive cleanup of the data. Take SSNs for example. How many are there without a birth certificate? How many duplicates? How many are being used that have death certificates? The lists go on and on. Then move to the unemployment, Medicaid, food stamps, and tax roll databases. Match those with SSNs.

      Massive cleanup and usable data.

      Liked by 5 people

      • FrankieZee says:

        I am doing a family tree on Ancenstry and you can get the SS# of your dead relatives on there. One wonders how many of those #’s are still being used. This will be a better way of cleaning everything up. It gives Trump a year and 1/2 to get it done.

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      • Mr e-man says:

        This could be much bigger than President Trump lets on. It could lead to a review of every person in the US that is listed somewhere. If you pay taxes under a false name or number, collect benefits under a false name or number, owe taxes, are subject to a deportation order, or other legal warrant, if you work without proper legal documentation, if you are married to your brother so he can go to college here, have multiple associated id’s, are a grifter, or just being paid cash under the table and not reporting it, you may be found out. It’s like a criminal anal exam.

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    • Everett Miller says:

      anyone who uses a pseudonym like “love a republican” might be a suspected Paul Ryan lover, or a big supporter of Mitch McConnell who refuses to stand up and support the Greatest President since George Washington. Trump “caves” every day, right L.A.R.? He should just go ahead and ignore the courts, right? Be more like Obama, right? Now that he’s made this order–it has the effect of law on the agencies–those who fail to cooperate can be exposed and fired for not doing their job. Too bad we couldn’t have done that with your BFF Paulie Ryan, right?
      Thank God for the VSG DJT, POTUS!

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      • JC says:

        👍🏻 Right on the money, EM.

        I would hate to waste time, energy and mental health in despair and miss another act in “Greatest Show on Earth”.
        Don’t blink; you might miss something.


    • coltlending says:

      Even if you are right, and I don’t believe you are.

      Few, if any, in government over as long as I have been voting has served in the best interest of the USA as PDJT has. I’m 60 and I have voted since I was 18.

      PDJT is on a trajectory of being one of the greatest and most impactful POTUS’ this country has ever seen.

      No, he’s not perfect. Who is?

      Liked by 2 people

    • cattastrophe says:

      Read the transcripts carefully…again.


  6. Brant says:

    “Immediately”? Is this the same use of the word as for all departments are to “immediately” work with Barr to declassify all documents he requests?


    • sturmudgeon says:

      Brant: I have to believe that “we will get there”. Enough with the negativity… the government is a HUGE entity, and “until now”, has never been run as a Business with accountability… likely hundreds of thousands of personnel entrenched, who have no love of this Country, continually scheming to provide obstacles, slow things down. Trump 2020!


      • Brant says:

        Oh, he is the best in my lifetime no doubt. I think my first POTUS to vote for was Reagan’s second term. I felt honored. It is just awful frustrating. I know all of Trumps top cabinet folks are a small group of “approved” that can win confirmation. His/our choices, no chance. At this stage, I would I be ecstatic to see the equivalent of some janitor/mail room clerk get indicted.

        I don’t mind waiting. I live on 12 acres in the country where there is always some brush to clear. Privet to rip out of the ground with glee. Everyone should have some privet they can rip out.


    • steph_gray says:

      And how do you know everything Barr asked was NOT immediately declassified – not to leak to the press or to satisfy the endless impatience around here – but for AG Barr and John Durham so that his grand jury and investigation can proceed unencumbered?

      I don’t care what we see or what we don’t see. According to Joe DiGenova, Durham is working, and that’s what has to happen. Once it does we will see real indictments – far more satisfying than constant leaks that may or may not be accurate.


      • farrier105 says:

        I seem to recall hearing about SEALED indictments. What happened to them that we need Durham to produce indictments? Also, where is the announcement that there is a grand jury impaneled under Durham? I don’t mean from just Joe diGenova, either.


  7. If POTUS gets the EO executed it will be much more accurate and allow DHS to crosswalk the SSNs of people who are registered in multiple states.


  8. Iose Dipxit says:

    Meantime, illegals still get counted by the census and still determine representation and increased power for this states that don’t comply with federal law. States that DO comply with Federal law should band together and challenge the census results in court and prevent it from apportioning representation – it does have a disparate impact on US citizens.


  9. charlie says:

    I follow Martin McPhillips on twitter. He seems pretty knowledgeable. He’s beginning to doubt Barr. He started recently. Re this presser, he says that Trump looked angry, and that Barr and Ross appeared to be uncomfortable. Martin McPhillips

    Jul 11
    Marked contrast between regular, engaged @realDonaldTrump earlier in day and hiding-his-anger Trump with Barr and Ross. Also Barr sounded like he was trying to blame Ross and Commerce Department for the Roberts decision. (I blame Roberts for that. But no surprise Barr wouldn’t.)

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    Martin McPhillips

    Jul 11
    Wilber Ross looked uncomfortable and dyspeptic at that announcement about census. (I did not see entire thing.) @realDonaldTrump appeared uncomfortable and unhappy. Barr looked like he knew his second tour as AG was not going to be a long one.


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