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what a lot of things including an executive order US president Donald trump's efforts to get a contentious citizenship question on the twenty twenty senses got reinforcements Sunday from a top immigration official Ken Cuccinelli the new acting director of US citizenship and immigration services told fox news Sunday that a question about whether or not a respondent is a U. S. citizen will find its way on the twenty twenty census despite having been blocked by the Supreme Court last month due to insufficient reasoning by the government could you Nelly on Sunday said quote I think the president has expressed determination he's noted that the Supreme Court didn't say this can't be asked they said they didn't appreciate the process by which you came forward the first time so the president is determined to fix that and to have it rolled forward in the twenty twenty census civil rights groups and some states strongly object to the citizenship question calling it a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not participating in the census Cuccinelli on Sunday was asked on CBS's face the nation to address concerns the question would be used by the trump administration for political purposes if your question is will my agency or other agencies see a person who says no I'm not a citizen in their name and address and so forth that's taken on an aggregated basis that's not individualized data that comes to us so now correct the census is used to a lot seats in the house of representatives and distribute some eight hundred billion dollars in federal services New York is among the states that challenged the legality of the citizenship question arguing among other things that the U. S. constitution requires congressional districts to be distributed based on the whole number of persons in each state without any reference to citizenship