Save the Census

August 2, 2018

Hateful, xenophobic attacks on voting rights, immigrants, and minority communities continue. The administration is forging ahead to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 Census.

This dangerous change will make immigrant communities less likely to respond—something the Census Bureau itself highlighted in late 2017. I believe the administration's policies are undermining the accuracy of the Census by further injecting fear and distrust into our most vulnerable communities, pushing them deeper into the shadows.

The Census must be an accurate count of everyone.

Americans can make their voices heard on this critical issue. The Commerce Department is currently accepting comments from the public on the addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. You can submit your thoughts here.

In Congress, I’m committed to holding Trump and his administration accountable and am fighting to ensure a full, fair, and accurate Census. I’ve joined my colleagues to introduce legislation that prohibit any questions on citizenship status from appearing on the Census and require advance notice to Congress before adjustments to Census questions are made. I am also working with my fellow Congressional Census Caucus members to increase funding for the Census Bureau and file ‘friend of the court’ briefs challenging Trump’s authority to add a citizenship question to the Census.

The right to be counted, and represented, is enshrined in our Constitution and supported in both Democratic and Republican administrations. The integrity and accuracy of the Census must be protected.