Congresswoman Maloney Emphasizes Importance of 2020 Census Count
Washington, DC — Earlier this week, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and NYC Census 2020 Director Julie Menin held a virtual Census event to urge all New Yorkers to get counted, and yesterday chaired an emergency Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to ban undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census.
“As New York continues to trail behind the national Census self-response rate, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers respond to the 2020 Census so that we can be represented and not erased,” said Rep. Maloney. “We use this count to allocate more than a trillion dollars in federal resources, to draw legislative maps, and to assign electoral college votes to states. It is no exaggeration to say that the census is a cornerstone of our democracy.”
At the hearing, Chairwoman Maloney asked the panel:
“In your opinion, and based on your knowledge and experience, does the President’s July 21st memo seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base appear to violate existing federal law and historically enduring views of the Constitution?”
Former Census Directors Kenneth Prewitt (1998-2001), Vince Barabba (1973-1976 and 1979-1981), John Thompson (2013-2017), and Robert Groves (2009-2012) all testified, “Yes.”
For every 1% of the population missed in the 2020 census, New York City could lose nearly $7.3 million in federal funding for public education. With the next census 10 years away, that means roughly $70 million dollars could be deprived to our city’s public schools over the next decade, with more than $4 million dollars lost to NY-12 alone. A 1% undercount also means NYC could lose $3.7 million per year for critical jobs programs. That’s nearly $4 million lost over the next decade for services like career counseling, mentoring, and apprenticeship.
The Congresswoman’s opening statement from yesterday’s hearing can be found here. Additional information and takeaways from this hearing can be found here and here.
A recording of Rep. Maloney’s Virtual Census Event with NYC Census 2020 Director Julie Menin can be found here.