Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Applauds Supreme Court Block of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Jun 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jose E. Serrano released today the following statement on the Supreme Court’s block of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census:

“This is a victory for those of us who support a fair and accurate 2020 Census. The US Supreme Court held that the Commerce Department’s justifications for adding the citizenship question were insufficient and inaccurate.  ‘Protection’ of minority voting rights is not a convincing argument for the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. In fact, the ‘minority rights’ argument was a pretext to justify the Trump Administration’s true reason for the question’s inclusion on the form: to give ‘Republicans and non-Hispanic Whites’ an electoral advantage in the redistricting process and weaken minority communities’ representation, as stated in documents found among the belongings of Republican redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller after his death.

“The Census Bureau has repeatedly said that they need certainty on the whether to include the citizenship question by the end of this month.  This decision gives them an answer.  Because of the lengthy time necessary to put together a legal and legitimate record in support of including the citizenship question, time has run out for the Commerce Department.  I expect the Census Bureau to confirm that printing will begin next week on a 2020 Census form that does not include a citizenship question.  In addition to today’s Supreme Court decision, the House of Representatives this week passed my legislation, the CJS fiscal year 2020 Appropriations bill, which contains language preventing funds from being used to include the citizenship question in the Census form.”