On July 21, President Trump signed a memorandum to exclude 2020 Census counts of undocumented immigrants from being included in congressional district census reapportionment. Trump said, including undocumented immigrants “would create perverse incentives and undermine our system of government.”
Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, said the effort would be found unconstitutional,
“The Constitution requires that everyone in the U.S. be counted in the census. President Trump can’t pick and choose. He tried to add a citizenship question to the census and lost in the Supreme Court … We will see him in court, and win, again.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the President’s memo is an effort to depress participation in the 2020 census, especially in minority communities:
“Trump’s unlawful effort is designed to again inject fear and distrust into vulnerable and traditionally undercounted communities, while sowing chaos with the Census. The House of Representatives will vigorously contest the President’s unconstitutional and unlawful attempt to impair the Census.”
Immigration advocates see this as another Trump strategy to keep undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census and to limit legal immigration.
It’s Not Too Late – And It Only Takes 10 Minutes
Over 92 million households have completed the 2020 Census, with the majority doing it online. You can complete the census online, over the phone or by mail, without having to meet a census taker. For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting responses online – it only takes about 10 minutes! Every household has been sent a mailing, but 80% of households were invited to complete the census form online, rather than fill out and send back to the government. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more about the 2020 Census – how to respond, and why it matters.
The attorneys at Godoy Law Office work with you to evaluate your immigration status and guide you in your journey to becoming a US citizen. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 855-554-6369.