Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion to oppose the federal government’s efforts to exclude immigrants from the 2020 Census count by directing the County to legally challenge this action:
“Trump recently issued a memorandum creating a policy that would exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census – the count used to apportion congressional representation. This will hurt Los Angeles County and would undermine our American values.
“Since Trump was denied his bid to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, he is now openly violating the U.S. Constitution by attempting to leave undocumented immigrants out of the decennial count.
“The action to exclude certain non-citizens from the 2020 Census would have far reaching consequences for LA County, which has more than 3.5 million residents born in a country other than the United States. Not only could this policy result in the loss of up to three California congressional seats in the House of Representatives, but it also revives the chilling effect that we have continued to combat in our efforts to achieve an accurate count of our residents.
“Our County is one of the hardest-to-count regions in the country, largely because immigrants fear immigration enforcement and do not trust that their personal information will be protected. This memorandum keeps that fear alive.
“The decennial census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and used to determine not only how many seats in Congress each state gets, but also to allocate over $880 billion dollars per year in federal assistance for neighborhoods, public health, social services, transportation, and education.
“A 2020 Census undercount would result in underrepresentation, as well as a decrease in federal funding for critical programs that support our healthcare system, food assistance, housing vouchers, and many other safety net programs that our vulnerable residents have depended on during this COVID-19 pandemic and will likely continuing relying on well after we get through this crisis.”
Today’s motion marks the 56th immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to create sensitive locations throughout the County and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.
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