Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Action Concerning Census Citizenship Question

Jul 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Action restating efforts to use citizenship information from other executive branch agencies to supplement the 2020 Census survey:

“I am glad the President appears to have finally realized it is pointless to continue pushing for the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. This is a victory for those of us who have fought for the Department of Commerce to eliminate the citizenship question from the form, and to ensure a fairer and more accurate count. It is worth noting, however, that the President admitted the true intent of the citizenship question effort- to discriminate and dilute the power of minority communities by trying to allow states to redistrict based on citizen voting age population instead of total population. This discriminatory intent is what those of us who support a fair Census have long argued is the true rationale behind the Administration’s push for citizenship question; today he proved us right once again.  We must remain vigilant to prevent further efforts to intimidate and discriminate, and I will be carefully watching the implementation of the executive order and the administration of the 2020 Census.”

Earlier this week, Congressman Serrano, as Chairman of the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee, warned the Trump Administration of his intention to prevent the allocation and use of funding for the reprinting or inclusion of an addendum in the 2020 Census form. Read more here: https://serrano.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/chairman-serrano-statement-trump-administration-efforts-waste-millions