Posted on July 03, 2019 in Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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July 3, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following news reports that the Department of Commerce has initiated the printing of 2020 Census forms without the citizenship question, which was the subject of a decision by the Supreme Court last week, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement:
"This news marks a major victory for all advocates for a fair and accurate Census count and for our democracy. We are grateful for the oversight and accountability mechanisms our nation's systems afford us, which will permit us all to move forward with a clean and fair Census count. Families and communities should not feel intimidated from participation in the Census, a vital tool to determine the allocation of resources and how legislatures are apportioned. We can now affirmatively say that the Trump Administration has failed to hijack the Census for partisan gain.
We have been working for a fair and accurate count for decades, so for Arab Americans, census efforts are familiar terrain. While we regret the decision to abandon the Middle East North Africa (MENA) category by the Trump Administration, the details of which we are still fighting to uncover, we are undeterred in our longstanding efforts to ensure that everyone is counted. We are hard at work to ensure a fair and accurate count in 2020, and the YallaCountMeIn campaign is ready to work with our national and local partners looking to help Get Out The Count for hard to count communities like Arab Americans.
The Judicial branch ruled in favor of our democracy last week; now Congress must protect the Census from further attacks by the Trump Administration by employing the necessary oversight to secure the funding and operations for a successful decennial census."
AAI Press Statements
AAI Statement on Hofeller memo, decennial census (May 30, 2019)
Issue Brief: 2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count (2018)
Blog: Yalla, Can We Count You In? (April 2019)
Blog: Commerce Secretary Ross' Testimony to House Oversight Committee (March 2019)
Blog: A New MENA Category: The Reality and the Headlines (October 2016)
Blog: Making Sure Arab Americans Count: Adding a MENA Category to the Census (July 2015)
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