Democracy at Stake: Moms Leader Praises Supreme Court Ruling in Census Case, Urges Trump Administration to Abandon Efforts to Include Citizenship Question in 2020 Census; Criticizes Court’s Capitulation on Gerrymandering
“Getting a fair and accurate count is essential to our democracy and must be the paramount consideration in designing the country’s 2020 Census. Including an untested citizenship question that was clearly designed to intimidate respondents and depress immigrant participation in the Census would have made that impossible. We commend the slim majority on the U.S. Supreme Court that disallowed a question that would have led to a significant undercount and a less accurate Census, which in turn would have skewed the makeup of Congress and deprived communities of the federal funding for health, education, housing, and other programs they need and deserve.
“Thousands of MomsRising members submitted comments to the Secretary of Commerce on this issue because we recognized that a discriminatory question that drove down participation in the Census and forced an undercount of immigrants would have caused grave harm. We urge the Trump administration to end its shameful efforts to skew the Census and proceed without a new citizenship question. There is no need for lower courts to revisit this issue, as the administration’s shameful intent is entirely clear. We once again urge the Trump administration to stop all its attacks on immigrant communities and stop using racism and xenophobia to promote a partisan agenda. The U.S. Supreme Court was right to reject it.
“We are deeply dismayed, however, at the Supreme Court’s rulings this morning in two gerrymandering cases. America’s moms do not agree that it is ‘beyond the reach of the federal courts’ to ensure that representation is fair, and to stop corrupt, skewed redistricting that denies fair representation to our citizens. We will find ways to fight this in the states and with our votes.”