Press Statement

UnidosUS’s Janet Murguía Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on 2020 Census

June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR)—the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization—today issued the following statement by President and CEO Janet Murguía in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the addition of an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

"UnidosUS commends the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Census’s constitutional mandate to count every person living in the United States. This decision places pressure on the U.S. Census Bureau to provide additional rationale for one of the most dishonest and racially motivated attempts yet by the Trump administration to deprive communities of color, and specifically Latinos, of our rightful place in this country’s political process.

“We remain vigilant as we know that there is still much more work ahead to ensure a true count of all communities. We and our Affiliate Network of community-based organizations throughout the country are ready to redouble our efforts in marginalized and hard-to-count communities. We want every single person living in America—no matter their race, immigration or citizenship status—to be counted in this important process that determines many critical community services such as schools, hospitals, roads and congressional representation.

“We look forward to continuing our work to ensure maximum participation and inclusion in the 2020 Census.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
news@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732