WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Trump Administration’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census:
“The Trump Administration’s decision to add an untested citizenship question to the Census is an attack on immigrant communities and on the integrity of the 2020 Census. For more than two centuries, the United States Census has striven to count, as accurately as possible, the number of people living in our country in order to determine how best to allocate our shared resources. The Census provides reliable scientific data on our population and presents an accurate representation of our communities, regardless of citizenship. By adding this last-minute citizenship question, which everyone knows will deter many from participating – particularly in immigrant communities – the Trump Administration is undermining the fair distribution of funding and inviting an inaccurate count.
“The decennial Census has never been politicized and must not be now. This change will discourage participation and undermine trust in and the accuracy of the 2020 Census. Everyone counts in the Census, and any effort that undermines that is not in America’s best interest. Congress ought to take steps to overturn the Trump Administration’s effort to subvert the Census. Our nation needs to conduct an accurate count of all its residents in a fair and just manner, as we have done since the days of George Washington.”