Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Make Your Voice Heard on the Addition of a Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

Aug 2, 2018
The Serrano Report


Dear friend,

Our Founders enshrined the Census as a pillar of our democracy, ensuring that all Americans are equally counted and represented. I believe the Administration’s plan to add a new citizenship question violates the clear constitutional mandate to provide an accurate count of every person living in the United States. This dangerous change will inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities and cause traditionally undercounted communities to be even further under-represented financially excluded and left behind. 

Americans are able to make their voices heard on the addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The Commerce Department is accepting comments from the public here.

Census Mass Mailing
Click on the picture above to watch House Democrats taking a stand against efforts to undermine the 2020 Census.   

This decision starves communities of vital funding, threatening the security, safety, and health of American’s families. It also tramples over the views of former Census Bureau directors of both parties and the Census bureau itself, which recently released a study that advised against this change. The President is advancing, in my view, an anti-immigrant agenda and depriving local communities throughout the nation of their deserved resources from the federal government.

Democrats are taking action to protect the strong, accurate, nonpartisan Census that our democracy and our Constitution demandAs the Ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the Census Bureau, I am fighting hard to restore the 2020 Census to its original mission.  In the past few months, I offered an amendment in the Appropriations Committee to prevent the Department of Commerce from using funds to implement this misguided effort, and introduced the 2020 Census Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy Act with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. This legislation seeks to protect the integrity of this critical institution of our democracy. 

It is imperative to protect every person’s right to be counted, and represented, in our democracy. I encourage you submit your comments online and make your voices heard.

Best regards,

Congressman José E. Serrano