Latino Community Foundation Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Census Citizenship Question Case
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important ruling in favor of our democracy. The decision to strike down the citizenship question on the 2020 Census aligns with what countless researchers, state leaders, and civil rights advocates have already said: the question does not belong on the Census. This is a critical win, but the fight is long from over.
The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) joined an amicus brief asking the court to reject the question over the expected undercount it will cause among Latinos in California.
LCF CEO Jacqueline Martinez Garcel released the following statement.
“The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a temporary win for our democracy. The census is one of the main pillars of our nation’s constitution that guards the fair and equal representation of every person living in the United States.”
“The Latino Community Foundation and its network of grassroots organizations will continue to work diligently on the ground to ensure we meet this responsibility stated clearly in our constitution: every person, every 10 years will be counted.
“Our commitment to fill out the Census is a fight for human dignity. Latinos are vital to the moral, economic, and social fabric of this country, and we must use that power by claiming our existence on the next census.”
“The Latino Community Foundation is already mobilizing and investing in our network of 300+ Latino-led organizations across California to get us ready for 2020!”