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Napolitano Condemns Addition of Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

March 27, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) condemned the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, issuing the following statement:

“This appalling decision is incongruous with our American values as a proud nation of immigrants and a blatant effort to undermine our democracy. As we in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus warned in January of this year, adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census only serves to instill fear among immigrant communities, decrease participation, and negatively impact the outcome and accuracy. It is clear that the Trump Administration is not committed to ensuring a fair and accurate census.

“Data collected in the decennial U.S. Census is absolutely vital for the appropriate distribution of federal dollars to California’s cities for our schools, roads, police and fire protection, and other critical government services our communities rely on daily. An accurate count should be of utmost concern for all San Gabriel Valley cities, as information collected could have implications for the next 10 years for our region. I urge all cities to speak out on behalf of their residents and join us in condemning this action.”

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