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CHC Statement on Trump Administration Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Mar 27, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after the Commerce Department announced that a new question on citizenship would be added to the 2020 Census:
 
“An accurate census is critical to our nation. And the political decision to add an untested and damaging question about citizenship to the 2020 Census at the 11th hour will suppress participation. This troubling decision will have long-lasting consequences for cities and states that will result in inaccurate data, which jeopardizes the disbursement of nearly $700 billion in health, food security, transportation, education, and other funding that provides essential services for everyone, especially immigrant and low-income communities.
 
“This is not a common-sense addition to the census, in fact it is a dangerous, alarming and deeply political move opposed by the American Sociological Association, civil rights groups, six former Census Bureau Directors from both Republican and Democratic administrations, more than 161 Mayors, 19 State Attorneys General, and Members of Congress. This is yet another action by the Trump Administration to instill fear in communities and further an anti-immigrant agenda.
 
“The stakes are too high for Congress to allow our decennial Census to be sabotaged. Several Members of Congress, including CHC Members Senator Menendez and Reps. Serrano and Soto, have introduced legislation to ensure a fair and accurate Census. We call on our colleagues to support legislation that would protect our Constitution’s directive for an accurate census from being subverted for political purposes.”
 
On January 17, 2018, the Members of the CHC, led by U.S. Representative Darren Soto, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce expressing strong opposition against the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Click here to see the CHC’s signed letter. Click here to see Secretary Wilbur Ross’ February 22nd response to our letter, in which he stated that the Department of Commerce was conducting “an orderly review of the DOJ’s request.”
 
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.