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MFV Calls on Latino and Immigrant Community to Participate in Census following SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question

06.27.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org or 858-752-1262

MFV Calls on Latino and Immigrant Community to Participate in Census following SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question

The ruling against the Trump administration blocks the citizenship question, helping to maximize census participation

 

Washington, D.C.  – The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion on  Department of Commerce v New York, ruling against the Trump Administration. The ruling blocks the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:

“Today, the Supreme Court joins census experts and three federal courts in ruling against the Trump administration. The addition of a citizenship question to the census was an explicit, racially discriminatory orchestrated attack on immigrant and Latino communities. This malevolent act of intimidation was intended to have severe negative consequences for our communities in the form of decreased participation, which would result in lost federal funding and a diminution of political representation. Conversely, the ploy served to positively impact Trump and his supporters by boosting gains of non-Hispanic whites.

“This administration has sought to evanish the existence and contributions of the 58 million Latinos residing in the U.S. and millions more immigrants. And Congress has also failed to take action to protect our right to be counted. But we will not be made invisible: Mi Familia Vota will work vigorously and enthusiastically to ensure that our community participates in the 2020 census and that the data collected from this count is used to fairly distribute funding and political representation. Through ground efforts in collaboration with schools, businesses, and community partners, as well as with complementary digital efforts teams will provide outreach and support for census participation, with particular attention to hard to reach, hard to count, and households with undocumented populations.

“The Supreme Court stated that there is a disconnect between the decision made by the Trump administration to add the question and the explanation given, exposing the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant census scheme. Our Maryland census case – that specifically focuses on the Trump administration’s discriminatory intent- remains open and is actively being pursued to prove that this administration conspired against the Latino and immigrant community.

“Today’s ruling accentuates the need for strategy, preparedness, and full trust and immersion in the Latino and immigrant communities, which is what we plan to deliver in 2020. The Trump administration will continue with the anti-immigrant and anti-Latino attacks, but we urge our constituents to harness their power or “USA tu poder” through civic actions including census participation, becoming citizens, supporting the electoral processes, and voting. We are moving forward with a vision for 2020 that includes building political power through our full representation.”

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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.