The Census Setback Shows That Immigration Continues to Vex Trump

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“Are you a citizen of the United States of America? Oh gee, I’m sorry, I just can’t answer that question.” That is how President Donald Trump sarcastically opened his address at the Rose Garden early yesterday evening, flanked by Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “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.’”

The address is being interpreted as either a conclusion of the months-long census battle, or a continuation of the battle by other means. Trump has been searching for a way to fulfill his immigration promises during the 2016 campaign. Most conspicuously, he has failed to build the wall that he vowed to erect on the southern border. Now, the Trump administration has tried and failed to add a citizenship question to the official…

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