Angry feedback on POTUS’ Census memorandum

California electeds seek to preserve accurate count

OW Staff Writer | 7/30/2020, midnight

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s memorandum for the Secretary of Commerce to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining congressional representation following the 2020 Census.

“Counting every person in our country through the Census is a principle so foundational that it is written into our Constitution. This latest action by the administration to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining representation in Congress, rooted in racism and xenophobia, is a blatant attack on our institutions and our neighbors.

“In California, we will not back down from our historic work to achieve a fair and accurate Census count. To all Californians, including members of our immigrant communities, know that this is your home, and it is your right to be counted here.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a similar statement in light of the Trump Administration’s unlawful attack on a complete and accurate census count:

“President Trump already lost in the Supreme Court trying to sabotage a complete and accurate census count. This latest attempt is even more flawed and transparent,” said Becerra. “Is anyone surprised that the President has proposed yet another unlawful act by his administration? Get used to it. This is the way it’ll be, on steroids, until the end of his Presidency. He’s gambling with other people’s money—in this case, the taxpayers’ - so he doesn’t care. We care. The Census is not a toy, Mr. President. We’ll do what we must.”

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer also had a statement:

“No one, not even the President, is entitled to his own facts. The fact is that the Constitution requires counting every single person, regardless of immigration status,” said Feuer. “Because the stakes from the undercount President Trump seeks are so high for L.A.—precious resources and full political representation hang in the balance—my office joined in stopping him from putting a “citizenship” question into the 2020 Census. We will work to stop him again. President Trump’s latest unconscionable move simply will not stand.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas stated:

“I believe it was the Congressman John Lewis that said, ‘when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up.’ We cannot remain silent at this attempt to undercount communities of color that are already disproportionately underserved. Racism and xenophobia are at the heart of this memorandum, and it must not be allowed to stand.”