Trump is insistent that the question be added to the census despite the legal challenges [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, US media reported, citing administration officials.

Trump, in a tweet, said he would hold a news conference about the census following a planned meeting on social media on Thursday afternoon. The White House said the press conference would take place at 5pm (21:00GMT).

The administration’s attempts to add the contentious question have been blocked in the courts because of challenges from some US states and civil rights groups.

The intent of the citizenship question, opponents said, was

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