Advancing Justice | AAJC Declares Victory on Citizenship Question

Says Lawsuit Remains Open Until Administration Concedes Defeat on the Record
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144

Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Following the press conference by President Donald Trump this evening, John C. Yang of Advancing Justice | AAJC (Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC) issued the following response:

“Today is a good day for the American people. We fought in the court of law and we won. The citizenship question will not be on the 2020 Census! This is a clear win for all of us who fought for a fair and accurate census that is free from politically-motivated questions.”

The census questionnaire continues to be printed without the citizenship question. And, as President Trump and Attorney General Barr confirmed, injunctions preventing the addition of the citizenship question to the decennial census remain in place.

“Our case in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, one of the so-called ‘logistical impediments’ by Attorney General Barr, will continue until we are provided iron-clad proof that the Trump administration will not continue with its track record of deceit and will not go back on its word to the American public that a citizenship question will not appear on the 2020 Census form.”

“Today, Trump and Attorney General Barr purposefully but erroneously aligned the collection of 2020 census data with this new executive order. We know it was an attempt to continue to confuse and invoke fear. But with this win today, our communities will be visible and counted in the 2020 Census and can believe in the strong Title 13 data privacy laws that exist to protect all of our information that is shared on the census form.”  

“The U.S. Census Bureau, and any other government agency or official, cannot use census data to help the administration target undocumented Americans or other marginalized communities. As we did with our lawsuit against the citizenship question, we will continue to be an ‘impediment’ to any efforts to derail a fair and secure census, and to protect the rights of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.”