STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN WM. LACY CLAY (D) MISSOURI REGARDING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLAN TO RIG 2020 CENSUS TO SUPPRESS MINORITY REPRESENTATION
NOTE: The following, in its entirety, is a first-person statement by Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri
WASHINGTON, DC – "The decision by Secretary of Commerce Wilber Ross to add a last-minute citizenship question to the 2020 Census is a shameful attempt to intimidate and disenfranchise minorities and new immigrants. The Trump administration's ridiculous assertion that this question will be used to better comply with what remains of the Voting Rights Act is absurd and highly insulting. As the President well knows, this question has not been included in the decennial census since 1950. Its sole, sinister purpose in 2020 is to suppress the response rate from minorities and new immigrants to counter the growing political power of the non-white population.
The resulting Census 2020 undercount will deprive Americans of federal funding, political power and vital information that they are legally entitled to receive over the next decade. This fear-inducing question will undermine the Census' constitutional mandate to conduct a complete enumeration of all persons residing in the United States, regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity or national origin. Anything less than that would be a failure to do what the Constitution requires. If Democrats regain the majority in the U.S. House after the 2018 general election, I will lead the charge to remove this racist and intentional attempt at intimidation from the decennial Census."