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Napolitano’s Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Citizenship Question and 2020 Census

June 27, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on U.S. Department of Commerce v. New York, temporarily blocking the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census:

“We applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling today to temporarily block the Trump administration’s untested, controversial, and discriminatory citizenship question, which confirms what we have long known—the administration lied that the reason for the question was to comply with the Voting Rights Act. This was in fact an openly partisan attempt to undercount Hispanic and other minority communities in order to ensure a Republican-majority government for the next decade. The Supreme Court’s important decision protects our nation, reaffirming the foundational role of an accurate, inclusive census in our representational democracy.

“Regardless of the ultimate fate of the citizenship question, our fight continues to make sure all of our communities are included in our democracy. This means raising awareness of the importance of the Census and its lasting impact, and encouraging all to participate. Some cities in my area have already begun outreach, and I applaud these efforts. 

“When you participate in the census, you are ensuring that your own taxes are going to your local schools, clinics and hospitals, roads, police and fire protection, and other critical government services that help you and your family. We cannot let our region and state be left short of services to our families, schools, and communities for the next ten years. We must ensure every person is counted.”
 

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