Supreme Court's Census Decision a Win for Democracy

Friday, June 28, 2019
United Philanthropy Forum's logo, posted to accompany their statement, Supreme Court's Census Decision a Win for Democracy.

Democracy won. While not the decision we hoped for to decisively remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census, United Philanthropy Forum commends the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the District Court’s ruling to remand the case to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Given the upcoming census printing deadline, it’s unlikely the citizenship question will become part of the 2020 Census. 

At least for now, this action eliminates one barrier to ensuring a fair and accurate count of all communities, including historically undercounted groups like young children, immigrants, low-income families, and communities of color.

The court’s opinion rightly pointed out “the disconnect between the decision made and the explanation given” and calls the agency’s stated explanation “a distraction.” The Forum supports the court’s finding that the agency’s rationale for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census rings hallow and, in the court’s words, “is incongruent with what the record reveals about the agency’s priorities and decision-making process.”

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