After asking his lawyers to delay the census after the Supreme Court put on hold his plan to include a citizenship question in the survey next year, Fox News reports, without citing anyone, that the census will be printed without including controversial U.S. citizenship question.
As The New York Times proudly writes, the decision is a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans.
Critics of the question have pointed to studies that indicate asking about citizenship will cause immigrants and non-citizens to skip the question or the census altogether, leading to an inaccurate count of the population, and an undercount of minority groups in particular.
This would seem to end Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' two-year-old battle to add a question on citizenship, one that federal court judges in New York, California and Maryland have struck down as illegal, unconstitutional, or both.
This is not a total surprise, as the Trump administration had said repeatedly that the issue must be resolved by July 1 to allow enough time to send out the questionnaire by April 2020, the date set by Congress for the census to go out.