Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: Trump Administration Trying to Rig the Census With New Question on Citizenship

Mar 27, 2018
Press Release

Denver – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, today said the Trump administration is trying to rig the 2020 Census by adding a new question on citizenship that would undermine civil rights, lead to cuts in funding for important federal programs and distort redistricting.

“The Constitution doesn’t say that only citizens count,” DeGette said “This politically-motivated attempt to rig the Census will drive people away from taking part for fear that their citizenship status could be used against them or their families. That, in turn, would deprive entire communities of fair representation in Congress and in the statehouse, and could starve the programs that serve their needs for housing, health care, education and more.

“Important policy choices are made based on Census results, including how federal funds are spent and how the boundaries of legislative districts are drawn,” DeGette noted. “The Trump Administration is seeking to discourage immigrants from taking part in the Census so it can make decisions that won’t truly represent the needs and rights of everyone in this country.”

The Census Bureau itself recently warned of “an unprecedented groundswell in confidential and data sharing concerns, particularly among immigrants or those who live with immigrants.”