Rep. Maloney Calls Trump Decision to Appeal Census Court Decision a Grave Mistake

Jan 18, 2019
Press Release
Congresswoman to also introduce legislation to legislatively block citizenship question

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision to appeal the court decision ordering the Commerce Department to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census. Rep. Maloney is the co-chair of the House Census Caucus, author the of the Census IDEA Act, and led an Amicus Brief of 126 former and current members in support of the suit against the citizenship question.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to appeal this decision is a serious mistake. Judge Furman’s decision found numerous violations of the Administrative Procedures Act, the Census Act, and clear evidence that a citizenship question would dramatically lower response rates from immigrant communities.

“Instead of wasting our tax dollars on this appeal, which I do not believe will be successful, the Administration needs to focus on ensuring an accurate census. Time is not our friend right now. The forms for the 2020 Census will start being printed this summer. Outreach plans are being finalized. So, if we’re going to get the next Census right, we need to lift the cloud of the citizenship question now. Which is why, next week, I will be introducing the Census IDEA Act to legislatively remove the question and ensure a fair and accurate census.”