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 Trump Administration Must Heed Census Expert Advice

06.11.2018

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

 Trump Administration Must Heed Census Expert Advice

Census Bureau documents show that Trump was warned not to add a citizenship question

Washington, D.C. – Documents from the Department of Commerce show that the Chief Scientist at the Census Bureau alerted the Trump administration that an untested citizenship question would be costly and counterproductive to census goals. Despite the warnings, the Trump administration seems to be moving ahead with a change in the Census questionnaire that will be costly and likely lead to an undercount of Latino and immigrant communities.

Mi Familia Vota executive director, Ben Monterroso, issued the following statement:

“The warnings are clear: adding an untested citizenship question to the Census would be injurious to us all. The Trump administration is fully aware of the ineffective count this would cause and that this would squander tax-payer money, but the potential political gains that the GOP could capitalize on are too enticing for this president to do the right thing.

An undercount of the total population would undercut federal funds that are allocated to Latino and immigrant communities and undermine equal representation in legislative bodies as required by law. Moving forward with a citizenship question on the Census is a tactical abuse of power.

The U.S. Constitution mandates an accurate count of everyone in our country. Our president and his administration should be concerned with fulfilling their constitutional duties by ensuring the fair and equal representation of all people, rather than cutting off whole segments of our population because of the color of skin or where they were born.

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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.