QNS: ‘A mistake is a 10-year mistake’: How two Queens Congresswomen helped stop Trump’s Census citiz
Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney and Grace Meng celebrated a major victory on Tuesday as the Trump administration dropped the controversial citizenship question from the 2020 census after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling temporarily blocked its inclusion on June 27.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who directed the Census Bureau to include the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” suddenly reversed course on July 2.
“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” Ross said in a statement. “My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the co-chair of the House Census Caucus, had warned that a citizenship question would lead to immigrant families to not fill out the form leading to an undercount which would have a drastic effect on New York City.
“The ominous storm cloud over the census has been lifted. This administration is finally following the law,” Maloney said. “Moving forward with the 2020 Census without the citizenship question brings us a step closer to a full and accurate count. Today is a huge win for every American who stands for democracy and equal representation.”
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