Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Commerce Department announced that a new question on citizenship would be added to the 2020 Census:

“The Trump Administration’s late night announcement of a new citizenship question violates the clear constitutional mandate to provide an accurate count of all people living in the United States.  This detrimental change will inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities, and cause traditionally undercounted communities to be even further under-represented, financially excluded and left behind.

“It is disturbing that the President pushed this decision as a dog-whistle tactic to raise funds for his campaign committee.  The Trump Administration put politics over the Constitution and, in so doing, ignored the consensus views of former Census Bureau directors of both parties and the conclusions of the Census Bureau’s own recent study, which warns of ‘an unprecedented groundswell in confidential and data sharing concerns, particularly among immigrants or those who live with immigrants.’

“To protect the strong, accurate and nonpartisan Census that our democracy and Constitution demand, the Congress must now immediately pass Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s 2020 Census Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy Act.  Democrats will continue to fight the Trump Administration’s cynical efforts to compromise the integrity of this pillar of our democracy.”

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