Trump Administration Admits Defeat: No Citizenship Question on Census


Last week’s Supreme Court decision blocking the Trump Administration’s plan to put a question about citizenship status on the Census was an important but possibly temporary victory in securing a complete count in the 2020 Census. Word came late today that the victory is now permanent. The Trump Administration is dropping plans to continue the fight for the Citizenship question on the Census form.

Dale Ho of the American Civil Liberties Union, who represented the New York Immigration Coalition in the court challenge to Trump Administration’s plans, said “In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the government had no choice but to proceed with printing the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question. Everyone in America counts in the census, and today’s decision means we all will.”

Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition and plaintiff in The Department of Commerce v. New York State et al. issued the following statement:

“This is a huge victory for immigrant communities, and shows what Americans can do when we’re united against the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant hate. Donald Trump tried to politicize the upcoming Census 2020 with the nefarious addition of a citizenship question, in a naked effort to instill fear in immigrants and communities of color. But the Supreme Court of the United States agreed with us, and today the Trump Administration admitted defeat by removing this ridiculous citizenship question. Now it’s up to us to make sure all New Yorkers—and all Americans—of every stripe will be counted in Census 2020.”

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