2020 U.S. Census citizenship question is an intimidation tactic

2020 U.S. Census citizenship question is an intimidation tactic

TEXAS — On Tuesday, April 23, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the Trump administration’s plans to include a question about citizenship status in the 2020 U.S. Census.  

The following is a statement from Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez, founder and executive director of Jolt, Texas Latino voter organization:

“Interrogating people about citizenship on the census form is a deliberate attempt to intimidate Latino voters, undercount the population and strip away the political power of communities of color — at the precise moment that our numbers and power are rising.

“Republicans are constantly telling immigrants to play by the rules, but the fact is Republicans constantly try to change the rules — especially to protect their own power while penalizing others.  What they’re trying to do isn’t just unconstitutional. It’s immoral.” 

Jolt is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and growing the influence of young Latinos.  In the spring of 2020, Jolt will organize “¡Contamos!/We Count!” — deploying more than 100 organizers statewide to increase Latino community participation in completing the census. Outcomes of the project will include:  

  • Canvassing 250,000 hard-to-reach to Latinos in Texas.
  • Contacting an additional 250,000 Latinos through direct mail.
  • Reaching 5 million Latinos online though educational messages about the importance of being counted.

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