PHILADELPHIA, January 16, 2019 – Councilmember Derek S. Green (At-Large) issued the following statement on the heels of recent news that a federal judge rejected the Trump administration’s request to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census:
“This is a win for not just those who opposed the Justice Department’s ask for a citizenship question on the 2020 Census in the first place; it’s indeed a win for all Americans and ultimately guarantees the commitment to a fair and thorough Census process next year,” Councilmember Green said.
“Last year, I introduced a resolution authorizing the City’s Committee on Law and Government to hold hearings on the decennial 2020 Census. It is imperative that this process be done as accurately and correctly as humanly possible, given the 10-year frequency. Thus, none of us can afford for it to be made a mess of. We cannot expect America to remain a global leader; the land of opportunity that we’ve known it to be all these years, if ALL her people are not accounted for because of undercounting of or intentional attempts at stoking fear among minority or immigrant populations in regions across the country. I applaud Judge Furman for his stance on this issue and look forward to what I believe will be an historic and unprecedented Census year.”