Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano on Federal Court Decision Blocking Inclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Jan 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCCongressman José Serrano today released the following statement in response to the New York federal court decision blocking the Department of Commerce from including a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Serrano is the top Democrat in the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau:

“I am encouraged by the federal court's decision to block the Department of Commerce’s political decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Asking respondents’ citizenship status is unwarranted on policy grounds, will discourage immigrants’ and minority communities’ participation, and ultimately undermine the only mechanism we have to obtain critical data every 10 years. The Census is the only constitutional tool we have at our disposal to gain an accurate picture of U.S. society, to ensure a fair distribution of resources, and to guarantee just representation in Congress. Today’s ruling is a victory and an important step but we must continue fighting in Congress to ensure we protect the Census from this Administration’s efforts to erase a large segment of American society from this process. As the top Democrat on Appropriations Subcommittee funding the Census, I will continue to fight for a fair and accurate count.”