Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States allowed the Trump administration’s request to halt the census count while an appeal plays out:

“I am utterly disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government can stop counting for the 2020 census.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had previously extended the response deadline for the 2020 census through October 31, 2020, which would have allowed for more time to achieve an accurate and complete count of the U.S. population, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has made for an even more challenging count.

Stopping the census count now will result in an incomplete count, impacting political representation and the distribution of federal funding to states and localities over the next decade, and ultimately causing the greatest harm to our most vulnerable communities.

The current federal administration has done a disservice to the people of the United States in the middle of a public health crisis, and it is shameful.”

Contact: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Director of Communications, KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov