Press Statement: GALEO Condemns the Trump Administration’s 2020 Census Citizenship Question
March 27, 2018
Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, GALEO
GALEO Condemns the Trump Administration’s 2020 Census Citizenship Question
Atlanta, GA – Following the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO Executive Director, released a statement today:
“Today the U.S Department of Commerce and the Trump administration made the decision to jeopardize the integrity of an accurate of count of the decennial census and of the immigrant community. Despite the input of many expert organizations and many leaders in the community, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross decided to include the citizenship question.
This is a clear effort to suppress active participation of all people. It is specifically targeted to create fear and confusion among the immigrant communities. The clear mandate of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution indicates that all should be counted, regardless of race, citizenship, or legal status. This political decision affects an accurate count of the U.S. population, which is vital for Congressional reapportionment, legislative redistricting, and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds – an opportunity that we only get every ten years.
The citizenship question is one that has not been tested and we are concerned due to the lack of thorough research, testing, and consideration of how the major repercussions of this question would ripple throughout our governmental system. This decision raises questions on the motive behind adding a question to the Census that has not been tested.
The Georgia Congressional delegation should be very concerned about this as well. Based upon the 2010 Census, the Latino community represented approximately 9% of Georgia’s overall population, but it was responsible for over 28% of the state’s overall population growth. Georgia’s Latino population is approximately one million people, with half of that being immigrant and half of the immigrant population being undocumented. In the 2010 Census, Georgia gained one Congressional seat. If there is an undercount, Georgia could both lose representation in Congress and lose much needed federal resources for our local communities.
GALEO supports the California lawsuit aimed at stopping this untested and irresponsible addition of the U.S. citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
GALEO along with other organizations and community leaders across the state will continue to monitor this decision by the Trump Administration. We will continue to fight efforts of those attempting to instill fear and suppress the count of immigrant communities.”