Maloney Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Hear Census Citizenship Question Appeal

Feb 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the Census IDEA Act, released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal of a previous federal district court ruling that removed the citizenship question from the census. 

“The decision by the Supreme Court to grant cert in the Trump Administrations’ appeal of the New York et al. v. Department of Commerce ruling that removed the citizenship question from the decennial census shows that this is a serious constitutional issue with potentially decades long implications for our democracy.  

“Just over one month ago, the southern district court of New York found that the Trump Administration violated a litany of federal laws when it arbitrarily decided to add a citizenship question to the census. The court also found that the question itself could lead to an undercount of ‘hundreds of thousands-if not millions- of people.’ 

“Our constitution clearly mandates that every single person living in this country must be counted every 10 years. The Supreme Court must recognize this clear constitutional requirement to count everyone and reaffirm that the citizenship question violates that mandate.  

“Oral arguments are set for the week of April 22. In the meantime, as co-chair of the House Census Caucus, I will be working to ensure that the voices of my colleagues in congress, and through them the American people, are heard loud and clear in this make or break moment for the accuracy and integrity of the decennial census.”