Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump Administration to end counting for the Census early, ending October 15 at 11:59 Hawaii time. This ruling opens the door for the Administration to follow through on promises to omit the count of undocumented people from the final Census data it delivers to Congress for political representation at all levels of government.
Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream Action, said:
“The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration and undermined the accurate count of undercounted communities, including Black, Brown people and immigrants in the Census. This move helps the Trump administration to follow through with plans to deliberately undercount communities of color, and ultimately exclude undocumented people from the final Census count it delivers to Congress for representation at all levels of government. In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor called an inaccurate Census count “avoidable,” and “intolerable,” pointing out that attempts to erase people from the Census are a deliberate way to erase immigrant communities.
Let’s be clear, confirming another conservative justice would only mean more attacks on our communities. This ruling heightens the need to stop the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. It is also imperative that Congress step in to alleviate the confusion being caused by this ruling and the Trump administration. In the meantime, everyone who hasn’t yet completed their census must do so by October 15 at 11:59 Hawaii time. We encourage you to fill it out today, and to make sure your loved ones do as well because – we all count.”