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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Statement on Supreme Court Census Decision

Oct 14, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end the Census count:

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s outrageous decision to enable the Trump administration to corrupt the 2020 Census with an incomplete and inaccurate count will inflict long-lasting harm on the American people, and disproportionately hurt Latino and immigrant communities. Moreover, the U.S. Constitution requires our government to count every person in the country, regardless of where they live or their immigration status, and yet only Justice Sotomayor issued a dissenting opinion arguing, ‘the harms caused by rushing this year’s census count are irreparable. And respondents will suffer their lasting impact for at least the next 10 years.’ The distribution of political representation and the allocation of federal resources is determined by the Census — and sabotaging it is a desperate, last-ditch effort by President Trump and Republican politicians to undermine our democracy and entrench their power. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will continue to push for a complete and accurate count of every person in the United States, and quality Census data that reflects all of the American people.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.