Children’s Campaign joins more than 150 organizations in amicus brief as part of Census lawsuit
The Children’s Campaign was proud to join organizations across the country last week in signing on to an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of an unnecessary and intrusive citizenship question in the 2020 Census.
Eighteen states, including Colorado, along with several cities, counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, are suing the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census questionnaire. The amicus brief, an effort led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other national civil rights organizations, highlights the ways that the inclusion of this question will harm communities across the country, including reduced federal funding for programs that serve kids and families and skewed Congressional representation.
The brief also highlights evidence that the Census Bureau itself has historically stood in opposition to adding a question about citizenship, due to concerns that the question would depress response rates and exacerbate the climate of fear that already exists for immigrants in the U.S.
The Census is a foundational part of our democracy. It helps determine Colorado’s representation in Washington, directs more than $600 billion in federal funding to states each year and provides advocates and policymakers with critical information on our state’s kids and families. All families deserve to feel safe when participating in this important national effort. Stay tuned to KidsFlash for more information on this issue.