APIAVote Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Census Citizenship Question and Encourages Census Participation
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision today, we are thrilled to see that democracy has won and that the citizenship question will not be included in the 2020 Census at this time. The intimidation of noncitizens against participating in the census will undoubtedly cause an undercount of minority demographics, ultimately defunding our communities and reinforcing political underrepresentation. We will continue to fight for the representation and resources that the AANHPI communities deserve and will work to ensure the full and complete participation of all communities without fear in the 2020 Census.
About APIAVote: APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian American Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote envisions a world that is inclusive, fair, and collaborative, and where Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged. See our website for more information at http://www.apiavote.org/
OCA Applauds SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question From 2020 Census
Washington, DC - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates applauds the Supreme Court’s decision on the citizenship question for now from the 2020 Census.
Today, the Supreme Court ruled against the citizenship question’s inclusion on the 2020 Census survey until the U.S. Department of Commerce can provide stronger rationale for its inclusion. The untested question, which asks respondents whether or not they are a citizen of the United States, was sent back to the lower courts. The release of the Hofeller memo last month substantiated concerns that the citizenship question was intended to keep immigrant communities from completing the Census, which would lead to a significant undercount of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latinx community.
The mandatory decennial Census is intended to count every person living in the U.S., regardless of immigration status. The results are used to determine the distribution of over $800 billion of federal funding for local schools, hospitals, and infrastructure across the country. Communities can receive significantly less funding if their official population counts drop dramatically or do not grow as much as surrounding areas.
“Every individual not counted by the Census is a loss of $15,000 in federal funding for programs that our seniors, children, and local communities need. Therefore, it is crucial that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is accurately and fairly counted,” said Roland Hwang, OCA National VP of Public Affairs. “OCA will continue to educate and support the AAPI community to ensure full participation in the 2020 Census and accurate data on the AAPI community. Doing so ensures AAPIs across the country are empowered through federal funding and increased political power.”
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).