The Supreme Court has suspended the Trump administration’s ability to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Sending the case back to a lower court, the Court rejected the Commerce Department’s rationale for adding the question -- calling it a "distraction" rather than an explanation.
But we're not out of the woods. The Census is constitutionally required to count every person living in the United States, whether citizen or not. And that mission is still at risk -- if the Census doesn’t get proper funding and staffing, or if the Department of Justice is successful in coming up with a new cover story to add an intimidating citizenship question.
Click here to join our coalition effort to tell Congress, state legislatures, and local officials to properly fund the Census.
The 2020 Census will shape our nation’s government, public policy, and budgets for an entire decade. The data we gather determine everything from congressional district maps to local resource allocation -- like school funding, the number of firehouses in our neighborhoods, and highway and road repair budgets.
The risk is a severe “undercount” -- cutting millions out of political representation and jeopardizing the very foundation of our democracy.
People of color -- particularly Black and Latinx communities in both urban and rural areas -- are at an especially high risk of being undercounted by an underfunded or unfair Census. This would deprive countless Americans of resources, political representation, and the right to a democracy that truly represents all of us.
Add your name and tell lawmakers in your state to make sure the 2020 Census is conducted fairly and fully funded.
This action is co-sponsored by: Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Common Cause, Daily Kos, Lawyers for Good Government, League of Women Voters, New American Leaders Action Fund, People Demanding Action, RootsAction.org, and Sierra Club.
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