CAPAC Chair Judy Chu Statement on Federal Court
Blocking Trump’s Citizenship Question on 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement
following a federal court ruling to block the Trump Administration from adding an untested citizenship question to the 2020 Census:
“It is critical that we have an accurate census so we can know who is in our country, where they live, and what their needs are. But with this
citizenship question, Trump tried to twist the 2020 census into just another weapon in his war on immigrants, aiming to drive down responses
and intentionally leading to a less representative government by hiding millions.
“It was clear to any observer that the citizenship question was included for partisan reasons, and over the objections of experts who warned that it
would lead to inaccurate census results. I even asked Secretary Ross about the origin of this question in the Ways and Means Committee, but he
gave an untruthful answer, making it harder for us to truly judge the merits of this question. I’m glad the court has intervened to stop this hastily
crafted and dangerous question from distorting our census.”
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and
Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently
chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was
founded in 1994.
OCA Calls on Congress to Remove Citizenship Question from 2020 Census
16 January 2019
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Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates calls on Congress to act to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.
On Tuesday morning, Judge Jesse Furman in the Southern District of New York Court ruled that it was a violation of the Administrative
Procedures Act to add a citizenship question. While he noted that challengers have been unable to prove that the citizenship question intends to
discriminate against noncitizens, he pointed out Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ ask for this question an “egregious” violation.
“As Judge Furman states in his ruling, the ‘integrity of the census is a matter of national importance’ and the citizenship question would very likely
harm this integrity because of the lack of testing and research behind it,” says Roland Hwang, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs.
“There are increasing sentiments to not participate or complete the survey for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community due to the fear
and distrust of why a citizenship question is even required when it has not been used since the 1950s. OCA implores Congress to stop this
misguided policy and remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and
economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).