January 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC- Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement today in response to the court ruling that Commerce Secretary Ross’ attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is unlawful:

“I am pleased that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected the effort by the Trump Administration to add a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 census.  According to a report by the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, even a 1% undercount in the 2020 census could cost Illinois more than $122 million. Any further undercount would dramatically decrease federal funding for my constituents. This would strain city and county resources for our public schools and hospitals which are critical to the working people in my district.

This attempt by the Trump Administration to disenfranchise and intimidate the immigrant community is an affront to the democratic ideals of this country.  It runs counter to our Constitution which ensures that all are treated fairly and equitably.  Today’s court ruling is a victory for the rule of law and moves us forward.”

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.