Rep. Cisneros Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

June 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to block an additional citizenship question to the 2020 Census:

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling to temporarily block the administration’s citizenship question on the 2020 Census,” said Rep. Cisneros. The Constitution mandates that a census be taken every 10 years, and it should be our goal to ensure that every individual in the United States is counted. The citizenship question was nothing more than an attempt by the President to depress the number of individuals and families who would complete the census.

“Rather than discouraging people, the President should be working to ensure the Census Bureau is completely funded, fully staffed, and has the resources needed for a strong marketing campaign to encourage participation. Our work does not stop here, I will continue to reach out to the communities in my district who have been undercounted and underserved so that they can receive the business investments and delivery of public services they need.” 

Rep. Cisneros is member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and an executive board member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). In the recent Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill in H.R. 3055, the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations package, Congressman Cisneros co-led amendment #86 with Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) which would prohibit funds from being used to violate the Census Bureau’s confidentiality policies, this amendment was included in final passage bill. He also led a press conference with local diverse community organizations and leaders to highlight the importance of an accurate census count.