Rep. García Joins 24 Members of Congress to Stop Trump from Excluding Immigrants from Census Count

July 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC- In response to President Donald Trump’s executive order to exclude undocumented immigrants from the Census count, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined Rep. Steve Horsford (NV-04) and 24 Members to introduce H.R. 7291, to Nullify the Effect of Trump's Executive Order Act. The legislation would stop the Trump administration’s efforts to require federal agencies to share citizenship data for political and discriminatory purposes.

Trump’s executive order directs federal agencies to compile and merge citizenship data through administrative records with decennial census data.

“The Constitution clearly states that every single person in our country must be counted in the decennial census, regardless of national origin or immigration status. The recent executive order from President Trump is intended to further divide our country and deny communities the federal resources they need.

“Last summer the Supreme Court ruled against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census questionnaire. This administration has conspired from day one to discriminate and deprive racial minorities of their constitutional right to be counted. The actions of this executive order threaten the integrity of our democracy and the Constitution. This executive order must be stopped.”

This legislation is endorsed by:

SEIU, National Black Justice Coalition, Arab American Institute, NETWORK Lobby, Voices for Progress, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, NALEO Educational Fund, Common Cause, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, The Union of Concerned Scientists, National Employment Law Project, National Urban League, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd U.S. Provinces, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles.

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