Linda Sánchez Statement on the Supreme Court’s 2020 Census Citizenship Question Decision

June 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. Department of Commerce v. New York, putting a hold on the Trump administration’s plan to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms what we already know. The Trump administration’s attempt to manipulate the census process is politically motivated and unnecessary. Adding a citizenship question to the census would discourage communities of color from participating in this constitutionally-mandated process, leading to an undercount.

“The census plays an integral role in how our government ensures fair representation in this country. The data collected by each census is not only used to draw congressional districts but also helps determine how different levels of government and businesses distribute resources. We must ensure that the census is conducted properly and that communities like the ones I represent fully participate so that they have a voice in our democracy.”