Minnesota immigrant rights groups are pleased President Trump has abandoned his push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, saying he would instead direct federal agencies to try to gather the information from existing databases:

The president said he is “not backing down” and “it is essential that we have a clear breakdown of the number of citizens and non-citizens that make up the United States population.” But Xiongpao Lee with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership says the state and country “are best served by a census in which every person is counted, exactly as intended in the Constitution.” State Demographer Susan Brower says the announcement of no citizenship question on the 2020 census is “welcome” because such a question would have lowered response rates and data quality.