A coalition of seventeen states, seven cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently
announced their intention to sue the Trump administration over the inclusion of a citizenship question on
the 2020 U.S. Census. In the past week, two additional lawsuits were filed challenging the question. It is widely believed that adding such a question could intimidate ethnic and immigrant populations into refusing to participate in the Census, leading to inaccurate and undercounted results.
Accuracy of the 2020 Census is not a partisan issue, as it impacts people in both parties. If immigrants shun the census and fail to be counted, political ramifications could include:
- a reduction in the number of congressional representatives for blue and red states alike
- a reduction in federal funding for infrastructure in those states for the next decade
- inaccurate numbers used as the basis for huge amounts of American research
- a breach of the Constitution, which mandates an accurate enumeration of the population of our country to determine how many Congressional representatives each state should be allotted
Notably absent from the lawsuits is the State of Utah. Yet the state legislature passed a resolution (HCR 12) this year calling on the federal government to adequately fund the 2020 Census to ensure its accuracy.
What you can do
- Sign this letter from concerned individuals and organizations asking Utah State Attorney General Sean Reyes to join the lawsuit on behalf of Utah and call for an accurate census. You may sign as an individual or an organization by using this Google Form link to request your signature be added to the letter.
The deadline to sign is THIS SATURDAY, April 21 at 5:00 pm. The letter will be sent to AG Reyes on Monday, April 23.