STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI REGARDING FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT RULING BLOCKING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO RIG THE 2020 CENSUS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, WEDNESDAY 1.16.19
CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI
REGARDING FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT RULING
BLOCKING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN TO RIG THE 2020 CENSUS
“The court recognized that the citizenship question was a big lie, perpetrated by the Secretary of Commerce and the President to intimidate and disenfranchise communities of color and new immigrants.”
NOTE: The following, in its entirety, is a first-person
statement by Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri in reaction to a ruling in Federal District Court
in New York, blocking the Trump Administration’s unlawful and deceitful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
WASHINGTON, DC – “The decision rendered by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman confirms my worst suspicions that Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross’ attempt to add a last-minute citizenship question to the 2020 Census was not only intentionally discriminatory and illegal, but also dishonest from its inception.
Secretary Ross crafted a story to support this blatant effort to disenfranchise millions of persons of color and new immigrants. The court rejected the Trump Administration’s ridiculous fiction that the Justice Department needed a citizenship question to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.
The clearly deceptive purpose of adding a citizenship question in 2020 was to suppress the response rate from minorities and new immigrants. The resulting undercount would deprive Americans in specific communities of federal funding, political power and vital information that they are legally entitled to receive over the next decade.
The Constitution requires us to count all persons in this country. And we must carry out that duty without fear to achieve a complete count for Census 2020.
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