Statement Of The Orange County Young Democrats On The Addition Of A Citizenship Question In The 2020 Census

(See the Facebook post.)

The Orange County Young Democrats are deeply alarmed by the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The move is the latest in a series of actions the Administration has taken against communities of color across the United States.

Asking for a respondent’s citizenship status, a question that has not been asked since the 1950s, will lead to a significant undercount of individuals in immigrant and diverse communities who will fear being targeted for their immigrant status. As a result, communities will lose resources, elected representation, and economic opportunity. Census data is used to allocate government resources and services, determine congressional representation in each state, and where businesses locate and what products they sell. The Trump Administration’s move is blatantly political in nature and aims to make voting harder, decrease representation, and depress voter turnout for the 2020 election.

California has much at stake: an undercount of California’s population could lead to the loss of a congressional seat and federal funding for healthcare, transportation, and education.

The Orange County Young Democrats applaud Attorney General Becerra for swiftly filing a lawsuit challenging the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census and welcomes action from additional states and jurisdictions to seek the removal of the citizenship question and prevent the politicization of the 2020 Census.