WASHINGTON, DC — April 23, 2019 — Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement:
“Today, the House presented oral arguments to the Supreme Court in opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census. We feel strongly that adding this question would drive down response rates, leading to an inadequate count and undermining the entire purpose of the census. We also believe the true intent of this maneuver is to further stress immigrant communities, which continue to be vilified by this Administration, and to punish certain states that did not support the President in the 2016 election. Adding this citizenship question would have real consequences for New Yorkers across the board by reducing our congressional representation and our share of federal resources over the next decade. We hope the Supreme Court will see through this Administration’s petty ploy and deem the question unconstitutional.
“While SCOTUS deliberates on this, we will continue to do all we can to ensure a fair and accurate count is executed here in New York. I already pushed for an additional census office in our area, which the Census Bureau confirmed will open, and I stand ready to support local census takers any way I can.”
SOURCE: Bryant Daniels, Communications & Deputy District Director, Congressman Eliot L. Engel