Posted on July 11, 2019 in Press Releases


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July 11, 2019

Following the conclusion of a press conference in which President Trump announced the issuance of a new executive order, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement, 

"President Trump's latest executive order is acknowledgement of his failed extralegal efforts to politicize the decennial census. With that, democracy won. He and his administration have failed and despite their best efforts, we will be counted. Arab Americans are a community that understands the threat posed by the misuse of data in violation of our rights, we will work to ensure oversight of his declarations about data sharing to verify they are the standard existing protocols, and not new measures in violation of our privacy and civil liberties. Our work to advocate for a fair and accurate count of all communities during the 2020 Census is just beginning."

For more information on AAI's Census work, please see the following:

AAI Press Statements

AAI Celebrates Omission of Citizenship Question on Decennial Census (July 3, 2019)

AAI Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Department of Commerce V. New York (June 27, 2019)

AAI Statement on Hofeller memo, decennial census (May 30, 2019)

AAI Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Census Citizenship Question (April 23, 2019)

On National Census Day of Action, AAI Launches “Yalla Count Me In” (April 1, 2019)

AAI Responds to Inclusion of an Untested Citizenship Question on the Decennial Census (March 27, 2018)

AAI Responds to Rejection of the "Middle Eastern or North African" Category from the 2020 Census (January 26, 2018)

AAI Joins 170 Rights Groups to Oppose DOJ's Attempt to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census (January 10, 2018)

AAI Resources

AAI's Census Information Center 

Arab American Demographics 

Issue Brief: Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Count in the 2020 Census (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: It’s Not Just the Citizenship Question: How Trump is Playing Politics with the Census (March 2018)

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)