Comunidades Unidas welcomes temporary SCOTUS decision to exclude citizenship question and encourages ALL communities to be counted
WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH– Comunidades Unidas welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to momentarily block the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Our hope is that we will have a definitive decision soon so we can move on to repair the damage already done among immigrant communities.
This decision comes at a time when immigration policies and practices have caused a lot of fear and uncertainty in our community. “Whether the citizenship question ultimately makes it on the Census or not, we refuse to give in to the scare tactics and will make sure our communities are counted,” said Luis Garza, executive director of Comunidades Unidas.
Comunidades Unidas calls on our state legislators to step up and immediately invest resources to ensure ALL Utahns are counted in the 2020 Census. Additionally, the Census Bureau should highlight how our information will be protected and develop a strategy to reach hard to count communities.
The census impacts the future of our communities. It is designed to count every person living in the US, without exceptions. The data collected by the Census Bureau helps determine how more than $800 billion in federal resources will be distributed, including how much will go to public services like schools, roads and hospitals. The census is also used to decide congressional representation.
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