US government ends bid to add citizenship question to census

aljazeera | July 03, 2019

In a stinging defeat for President Donald Trump, his administration ended its effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 United States census, saying that it will begin printing forms that do not include the contentious query. White House and Justice Department officials confirmed the decision, which came in the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling on June 27 that faulted the Trump administration for its original attempt to add the question. "I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

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From the end of the Second World War, the dominant current of American exceptionalism in the rhetoric and outlook of US presidents has been the belief that the United States has a special mission to redeem the world by extending liberty and democracy to all peoples. However, President Donald Trump is an exception. He believes that in the post-Cold War era successive administrations in Washington have pursued reckless visions of regional or global hegemony especially in the Middle East leaving the home front to languish and the nation open to ridicule. For Trump, the government must first protect its citizens and promote their prosperity.

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From the end of the Second World War, the dominant current of American exceptionalism in the rhetoric and outlook of US presidents has been the belief that the United States has a special mission to redeem the world by extending liberty and democracy to all peoples. However, President Donald Trump is an exception. He believes that in the post-Cold War era successive administrations in Washington have pursued reckless visions of regional or global hegemony especially in the Middle East leaving the home front to languish and the nation open to ridicule. For Trump, the government must first protect its citizens and promote their prosperity.

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