Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s announcement issued today in which he said he will not push for a citizenship question on the 2020 Census:

“I applaud NALEO, and all other organizations and individuals throughout this country who challenged this Administration’s attempts to add a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Today, Donald Trump backed down and admitted that he could not add a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Last month, the Supreme Court rejected this Administration’s false and feeble argument that adding a citizenship question on the census would enhance the Voting Rights Act. All along, this President has perpetuated fear in immigrant communities so they avoid participating in the decennial census. An accurate census count is not only foundational to representative democracy, but it ensures that schools and communities throughout the nation receive their fair share of federal funding to provide critical services. Los Angeles County will not be distracted in our work to count every person in the census, regardless of immigration status.”

Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov or 213-359-0795

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