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07/2/2019

Citizenship Question Pulled from Census, Immigrant Rights Advocates Claim Victory

“They want to scare us, they want to silence us, but our communities will not back down.”

07.02.2019

WASHINGTON -- Following the announcement that the Census Bureau will print the census forms without the citizenship question,, Ana María Archila, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy, stated:  

“Today’s announcement represents a victory for immigrant communities and for our democracy. Since day one, our communities have been saying that the Trump administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question on the census was a cynical plot to suppress the participation of immigrant families for purely political gain. Trump and the GOP want to scare us, they want to silence us, but our communities will not back down. 

“Our resilience has been tested again and again. While we no longer face the hurdle of a citizenship question on the census, we remain vigilant and determined to make sure that our communities are counted. We will knock on doors on as many doors as necessary to counteract the fear that people might now feel about participating in the 2020 census. We will work to make sure that our communities participate enthusiastically, and that every community across the country receives its fair share of public resources and political representation. The health of our democracy depends on it.”

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Media Contact: Inarú Meléndez, imelendez@populardemocracy.org, 413-331-9530

Tuesday, July 2, 2019