SCOTUS Decision Bolsters Legal Battle Against Census Citizenship Question on Discriminatory Intent Grounds – LUPE

The United States Supreme Court rules on the Census 2020 citizenship question

By La Unión del Pueblo Entero | Originally published on June 27, 2019

The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that blocks the citizenship question on the 2020 Census and requires the Trump administration to provide adequate justification for the addition of the question.

“The real intention is to injure communities of color for partisan gain”

SAN JUAN, TX—Today, the US Supreme Court issued a complicated ruling that blocks the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, at least for now. By determining that the administration’s stated reason for the inclusion of the question was a ruse, the ruling underscores the importance of La Unión Del Pueblo Entero v. Ross, a lawsuit led by MALDEF, in which La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) argues that the evidence demonstrates that the real reason the question was added was to eliminate non-citizens from reapportionment and redistricting.

Juanita Valdez-Cox, the Executive Director of LUPE, said this in response to the Court’s decision:

“The Supreme Court is saying what we already know: Trump’s top census official lied about his rationale for adding the citizenship question. The window to print 2020 Census forms is closing and under a rational administration, this would be the nail in the coffin of the discriminatory Citizenship question. But we know this administration is intent on discriminating and undercounting Latinos and other racial minorities for political gain.

“The Citizenship question is blocked for now but the Supreme Court’s decision leaves open the possibility for it to come back. That’s why our lawsuit is so important. Our lawsuit with MALDEF argues that Trump’s Census official was acting with discriminatory intent. In fact, the court in Maryland is weighing new evidence that shows that the real intention is to injure communities of color for partisan gain.

“We have to continue standing up to racial discrimination at the highest levels of this administration. An accurate count benefits all of us, regardless of color or place of birth. The health of our schools, roads, government services, and even our very democracy depend on it. We know that our families and communities count and we will be counted.”

Read MALDEF’s response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on their website here.

La Unión del Pueblo Entero was founded by labor rights activist César Chávez & Dolores Huerta. LUPE builds stronger, healthier communities where colonia residents use the power of civic engagement for social change. From fighting deportations, to providing social services and English classes, to organizing for streetlights and drainage, LUPE responds to the needs of the community, and takes action that creates a chance for a better life. 

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