Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) Responds to Census Bureau Attempt to Gather Information from IL Driver’s Licenses Database

September 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to reports from yesterday that the U.S. Census Bureau Data Acquisition Branch has requested driver and identity card information, including citizenship status, from motor vehicle administrators around the country. In Illinois, Secretary of State Jesse White denied the request to provide this data to the Census Bureau.

“I applaud Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s decision to deny the request from the Census Bureau to provide citizenship information from driver’s license database. The Supreme Court and three federal courts already blocked the Trump administration from adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The administration is clearly still trying to find a backdoor to get this information and further advance his anti-immigrant agenda.

“I have been opposed to the citizenship question since Trump first proposed it. Trump has used the issue to plant fear in our immigrant communities—and to deprive racial minorities of their constitutional right to be counted. I will continue to fight for the right of every person to be counted, which is the foundation of our congressional districts and a more inclusive democracy.”

In 2018, as Cook County Board Commissioner for the 7th District, Congressman García filed an Affidavit in connection with State of New York, et al. v United States Department of Commerce, et al. expressing concerns about how his constituents would be affected by the citizenship question in the 2020 census.