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MFV Calls on Congress to address rulings against citizenship question

04.08.2019

For Immediate Release
April 6, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org

MFV Calls on Congress to address rulings against citizenship question

MFV Plaintiff in winning lawsuit against the Trump Administration

 

Washington, D.C. – A federal court in Maryland issued an injunction on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, as proposed by the Trump administration, because it violates the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. This is the third federal court to rule against the Administration on the addition of a citizenship question.

Mi Familia Vota  issued the following statement:

This ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed last May by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) in which Mi Familia Vota served as a plaintiff. We are proud to help defend our community: Latinos and immigrants are building political power and the census should not be politicized to depress our representation. We will continue to fight for a fair and inclusive implementation of the 2020 Census.

District Judge George Hazel’s ruling is a step towards ensuring a fair and inclusive count that will be used to determine our funding and political representation. As the Supreme Court prepares to review the citizenship question, we will continue our work to spur Congress to block the citizenship question from being added, to advocate for full census funding, and to plan census activities that educate our community on the importance of their participation.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.