New York—Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today joined New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other colleagues in government from New York to denounce the Trump Administration’s decision to include citizenship questions on the 2020 census. The Attorney General also announced he is leading a coalition of 18 State Attorneys General in filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of such a maneuver.
“The goal of the U.S. census is to count every person living in this country, regardless of immigration status, so the government can most effectively serve the people. Adding an untested question on citizenship will silence many in immigrant communities and no doubt suppress the census data,” Engel said. “Thus, states like New York with larger immigrant populations will once again feel the pinch and lose critical federal dollars. It’s a blatant attempt by this Administration to undercount areas with large immigrant populations and we can’t allow that happen. I’m proud to stand with Attorney General Schneiderman in opposition to this politically motivated, wrongheaded decision.”
Engel is also a cosponsor of federal legislation, the 2020 Census IDEA (Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy) Act, that would ensure the 2020 census is free from politicization and accurately reflects the American population.