Southeast Asian Communities Applaud Rejection of the Citizenship Question on 2020 U.S. Census

Members of the Community Complete County Steering Committee

Members of the Community Complete County Steering Committee

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that the rationale for adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census was contrived and poorly reasoned. While today’s decision is a critical victory—the fight to make sure every single person in our community is counted continues.

“Everyone, regardless of where they come and how they got here, wants to be recognized for their humanity. Unfortunately, this Administration and it's small minority of anti-immigrant supporters are pitting communities against one another and seeking to erase immigrants all together. The Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community has too much at stake with each and every Census to stand idle when these attacks on immigrant communities take place,” said Cha Vang, Executive Director of Hmong Innovating Politics. “We in Sacramento, in Fresno and throughout California will continue to mobilize and educate our communities about completing the Census questionnaire. As the lead for the Asian American and Pacific Islanders subcommittee group, we are committed to ensuring a complete count of our community and will be rolling out outreach strategies in the coming months to ensure we reach the most vulnerable populations in the region. We urge the administration to stop its nativist tactics and let the professionals at the Census Bureau focus on getting a complete and accurate count. Any more time we waste arguing such a blatantly bigotted policy, is time not doing outreach to make sure everyone counts.”

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