This week, the Supreme Court is hearing cases challenging the Commerce Secretary’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census—a move that could lead to severe undercounts of communities of colors and immigrants.
The Constitution requires the government to conduct a census every 10 years. The goal is clear: to count all people living in the United States without exception—adults and children, citizens and noncitizens alike.
By the Census Bureau’s own analysis, adding a citizenship question would stop approximately 6.5 million people from participating. If people are not counted, our communities will receive fewer resources for critical infrastructure like roads, schools, hospitals, libraries, and other programs people rely on every day. And people will have less representation in government if there’s an inaccurate census count.
Three federal judges in New York, California, and Maryland have already agreed—the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was unlawful.
Now, we are hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will come to the same conclusion.