LatinoJustice PRLDEF Statement On the Addition of Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census


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LatinoJustice PRLDEF statement on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced late last evening that despite widespread opposition they have decided to add the citizenship question requested by the Department of Justice to a list of questions they forwarded to Congress for approval. The addition came at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This administration is once again exalting certain “persons” in the United States over others in a capricious, harmful and alarming way to demean and devalue the contributions of all residents,” said Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “The 14th Amendment protects all “persons” not just citizens of our country. It has long been settled and accepted that all people – regardless of their citizenship, place of birth, religion or any other standard – are counted and are encouraged to participate in the census. The inclusion of the U.S. Citizenship question contradicts our values as a country of immigrants.”

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