“We can’t allow the decennial census to become weaponized and politicized by the Trump administration. Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on whether to include the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, our coalition will continue to work to ensure that all communities get counted,” said, Beth Lynk, Census Counts campaign director at The Leadership Conference Education Fund. “If there is an undercount, vital public services, schools, hospitals, and highways will not be properly funded and communities that already face systemic barriers to success will suffer.”
“The 2020 Census is our only chance in a decade for a fair and accurate count of our communities. Census data are used in countless ways to ensure that our families and communities have the resources and services that they need.”
The 131 groups submitted “friend of the court” briefs opposing motions to dismiss two lawsuits challenging the inclusion of an unnecessary and intrusive citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The cases are California v. Ross, brought by the state of California and several California cities and counties, and City of San Jose and Black Alliance for Just Immigration v. Ross
The Census Bureau is seeking public comment on the decision by the Commerce Dept. to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. The deadline is Aug. 7, 2018 before Congress approves the final questionnaire. Encourage audiences to
share their perspectives before the deadline.
Leading civil rights organizations and census experts hosted an audio press briefing August 24 to discuss ongoing policy decisions that could put a successful 2020 Census at risk, including insufficient funding for rigorous, on-time census planning and preparations, and the need for a highly qualified and widely respected professional to serve as the next Senate-confirmed director of the U.S. Census Bureau.