We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. This question would inevitably suppress the Census response among immigrant households, exacerbating under-representation that already exists in many communities.
Our work is not done. Just raising the specter of the citizenship question has generated fear and confusion among people already afraid of harassment or immigration enforcement. Even though we, at least for now, have the right result from the Supreme Court, we must still step up and work hard to ensure all our residents are counted and feel connected and welcome. State government and philanthropy are working together to help every Californian get counted because the Census is so important for our political representation in Congress, for fully funding health and social programs, and for helping everyone feel like they are a visible part of their community.
Richard Thomason, Policy Director, Blue Shield of California Foundation