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Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Printing of Census Without Citizenship Question

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Washington, July 2, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement about the news that the 2020 Census will not include a citizenship question:

“In a massive victory for our Census, our democracy, our country, and For The People, the Trump Administration has finally agreed to print the 2020 Census without the administration’s unconstitutional citizenship question.  The Supreme Court was right to turn back President Trump’s attempt to add this chilling question to the Census – and while the Court offered to let the Trump Administration try to come up with a legitimate justification for the question, the administration apparently couldn’t find one, and that is no surprise.

“President Trump has long sought to silence the voices of vulnerable populations in our communities, and he pressed for this unconstitutional citizenship question because he wanted to skew the census count for political gain.  I’ve strongly opposed this question because our communities need the 2020 Census to be accurate.  A correct Census count of everyone present in the country is essential to ensuring our communities receive the federal funds we need for countless critical programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, school lunches, highway funding, housing assistance, and more.

“While today’s announcement is a crucial win for our democracy, we must stay on our guard against other attempts to skew the count.  The threat of a citizenship question has already intimidated many residents, and we must keep working to ensure that our neighbors, our friends, our families, and ourselves are all counted in this Census.  We must also fight back against misinformation and other attacks that could lead to an illegal undercount of our communities.  The 2020 Census must not be the victim of sabotage, and our House Democratic Majority will not rest in protecting it.”

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