Menendez, Booker, Hirono on SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

Menendez, Booker, Hirono on SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the 2020 Census citizenship question is a temporary reprieve for immigrant and minority communities targeted by the Trump Administration to deliberately suppress their participation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, (both D-N.J.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) today released the following joint statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the Trump Administration’s explanation to add a citizenship question, and after President Trump asked lawyers to delay the 2020 census as a result of today’s decision. Earlier this year, Sens. Menendez, Booker and Hirono introduced the Every Person Counts Act (S. 201), legislation that would prohibit the Secretary of Commerce from including any question regarding one’s citizenship or immigration status on the U.S. census.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the 2020 Census citizenship question is a temporary reprieve for immigrant and minority communities targeted by the Trump Administration to deliberately suppress their participation. In its decision, the nation’s highest court recognized the Trump Administration has lied to the American people about its true political motivations for including a citizenship question, calling the Administration’s justification for the question ‘contrived.’

“But let’s be clear, this is not the end of our fight against the Trump Administration’s deceptive tactics to stoke fear in immigrants and communities of color. To ensure that our communities are accurately counted and that the Census remains a fair and non-partisan exercise, Congress must now act and pass our Every Person Counts Act.”  

“Our Constitution requires an accurate count of all persons living in the United States—period.  Allowing a politically-motivated question explicitly designed to rig the count would have lasting and devastating effects for states like New Jersey and Hawaii, as we rely on the Census to determine representation in Congress and the allocation of federal funding for public health and safety, education, and other services our residents and communities depend upon.”