The Supreme Court Has Rejected 2020 Census Citizenship Question: Here’s What Activists Are Saying

Jun 27, 2019
11:13 AM

This morning, the U.S. Supreme court ruled against adding a citizenship question in the 2020 census. This was an issue that caused ongoing debate about the implications of adding the question, with at least six lawsuits challenging the legality of the citizenship question and many Latino organizations taking a strong stand against it. One of the main concerns was that the question would discourage participation, which could’ve resulted in an inaccurate count. With a vote of 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to include the question.

“If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case,” Roberts said.

“Today we are vindicated in our struggle to ensure our communities are fully counted,” said Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York said in a statement in response to the decision. “The court’s ruling earffirms what we have known from the start: the Trump administration’s attemps to add a citizenship question had nothing to do with voting rights and was instead a reckless effort to deny immigrants and communities of color the schools, hospitals and vital services they need to survive,” he added.

Many other immigrant rights organizations, leaders and activists, as well as presidential candidates, took to Twitter to express their thoughts.