Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary
The decision would exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when the U.S. congressional lines are redrawn following the 2020 Census.
Today, the Human Rights Campaign responded to the Trump administration’s decision to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted when U.S. congressional lines are redrawn following the 2020 Census.
“The Trump administration's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from being fully counted is unnecessary, craven and blatantly unconstitutional. It is vital that everyone is counted in the Census, which determines critical funding for programs that support our communities,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “Thousands of people across marginalized backgrounds – including LGBTQ, Black people and immigrants – are undercounted or missed. We must ensure every person in the United States is counted. We will continue fighting to ensure that the Census has a count that reflects the true character of America. We will not stand for this attack and will hold Trump accountable at the ballot box.”
In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York to reject the Trump-Pence administration’s proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census based on an inadequate administrative explanation.
HRC has pushed back against the Trump-Pence Administration's demonization of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers at every turn. We have endorsed and lobbied for passage of the Dream Act, which would give a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented people who were brought here as children - including tens of thousands of LGBTQ Dreamers.