Grace Meng and José Serrano Aim to Restrict Funding for the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
Lawmakers are set to question the Justice Department today about why it requested the 2020 Census to ask about citizenship. Calls to boycott the Census have been circulating on social media since the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form was announced in late March. The boycott calls come despite warnings from lawmakers and civil rights groups about the long-term consequences of a Census boycott on public policy, federal funding, and health research. Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, which funds the U.S. Census Bureau, and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY), a member of the Subcommittee, on Thursday introduced an amendment restricting funding for the inclusion of a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census. “The inclusion of a citizenship question is unnecessary, unsupported, and a clear attack on our immigrant communities. Its inclusion will make people afraid to fill out the form, undermine the count, raise costs, and have a detrimental effect on the distribution of formula funding. As a result, states will receive less funding for education, infrastructure and other important services,” said Serrano. Meng continued: “It will have a devastating impact on the billions of dollars in federal aid that is distributed for schools, infrastructure, social services and other critical resources.” The acting head of the DOJ's civil rights division, John Gore, will testify about the issue today before the House Committee on Government Oversight. More here.