Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Trump Administration efforts to include a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census:
“I am pleased that the Supreme Court saw through the contrived story that the Trump Administration concocted to try to insert a citizenship question into the census, and sent it back to the Department of Commerce. However, I am disappointed that the ruling still allows the administration a future opportunity to achieve the same goal of discouraging participation by communities of color.
“The evidence is clear: the Trump Administration was seeking to deliberately undercount immigrants and foster distrust in the census, despite the constitutional demand that the census count all residents, including all citizens, legal residents, and non-citizens--all residents. Ensuring a fair census count is critical for every aspect of our lives, from the health of our democracy to the accuracy of government data. Even Chief Justice Roberts agreed that the Department of Commerce behaved improperly.
“Evidence from the GOP architect of the census citizenship question clearly showed that the Trump Administration’s goal from the start—in including the question—was to disenfranchise communities of color and gerrymander out their voice. The results of the census help allocate Congressional representation, electoral votes, government funding, and are essential to long-term economic planning. The census must be as accurate as possible. Everyone must be counted.”