Attorney General James Statement On Census Proceeding Without Citizenship Question

Attorney General James Statement on Census
Proceeding without Citizenship Question

NEW YORK - New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that he will not add a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census:

“Reason has finally prevailed, and President Trump will no longer pursue a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census. After more than 800 days of attempting to break with its own past practice, the federal government will proceed in the manner as their own Census Bureau had recommended from the beginning.

“Our democracy depends on the census — from allocating federal resources to determining Congressional lines — which is why it is so critically important to ensure the most accurate count of the population.

“We hope that this action will at long last allow us to put this national nightmare behind us, and give us the opportunity to fully focus on education and outreach so that we can ensure that all people are counted.”