Trump may use executive order on census question

The president continues to push for the inclusion of the citizen question in the 2020 census.
2:27 | 07/06/19

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Now to president trump's push to get a citizenship question on the census despite a supreme court ruling. ABC's Rachel Scott has more on the new tactic trump is taking. We're working on a lot of things including an executive order. Reporter: President trump weighing all options to get that controversial citizenship question added to the 2020 census. So we can start printing now and maybe do an addendum after we get a positive decision. Reporter: The path forward still unclear. The justice department lawyers told a federal judge they are still looking into new avenues to include the question, but didn't provide any new reasoning. The administration scrambling to push that effort forward despite the supreme court's decision to initially block the question from being added. Well, you need it for many reasons. Number one, you need it for congress. You need it for congress for districting. You need it for appropriations. Citizenship has been on that thing most of the time for many, many years. Reporter: A question about citizenship hasn't been asked on the census in nearly 70 years. And citizenship is not used to determine districting. That is based on total population. The census bureau estimates millions of people, mostly minorities, may not answer that question or just skip the census altogether. Those unaccounted responses could affect federal dollars and how many congressional seats each state gets. The president departed the white house for a weekend in bedminster. But first told reporters those deportation raids he postponed will start soon. We're removing people that have come in, all of these people over the years that have come in illegally. We are removing them and bringing them back to their country. Reporter: Last month the president put a pause on that giving congress two weeks to find a solution. But the president says time is now up. He is moving forward. Well, I don't call them raids. I say they came in illegally and we're bringing them out legally. They're be starting fairly soon. Reporter: And president trump also defended conditions at migrant detention facilities after reports of dangerous overcrowding. Democratic lawmakers called those conditions horistic, but president trump said many of those facilities are clean and well kept. He also said border patrol agents did not train to be nurses, doctors or janitors. Whit. Rachel Scott for us, thank you.

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