Congressman Gomez Responds to Supreme Court Decision on 2020 Census Citizenship Question
Washington, June 26, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Supreme Court ruling on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) released the following statement:
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling reaffirms the skepticism and concern I’ve always held in regard to the Trump administration’s justification for adding an untested and politically-motivated citizenship question to the 2020 Census. In May of last year – before an Oversight Committee hearing – I questioned a Justice Department official on their assertion that a citizenship question was necessary to enforce provisions of the Voting Rights Act. I knew this was a bogus claim in 2018 and today the Supreme Court agreed.
“While today’s Supreme Court decision might feel like an outright victory, it’s important to recognize that the battle over the addition of this citizenship question is far from over. If added to the 2020 Census, it would not only corrupt the integrity and accuracy of this process, but it also will – by design – silence the voices of immigrant communities, robbing them of critical federal funding for public services like education and healthcare. As we move to the next phase in this ongoing fight, my office will continue working with partners on the local, state, and federal level to ensure everyone is counted and secure the critical resources our communities need and deserve.”