The U.S. Census Bureau is ending its critical door-knocking efforts one month early, on September 30, sparking concerns that the White House is pressuring the bureau to wrap up counting.
|Earlier today, New Florida Majority, one of the largest racial justice and political action groups in Florida, released the following statement from their Senior Program Director for Policy, Advocacy and Research, Moné Holder, regarding the Census Bureau’s reported attempts to prematurely end the counting of the country’s residents:|
This is yet another blatant attempt by the Trump administration to inject political calculations into the Constitutionally mandated counting of this country’s residents.
The Census is critical to determining the allocation of federal resources and the drawing of Congressional districts for the next decade. With this move, the Trump administration is actively trying to leave immigrants and people of color out of the process for political gain.
What kind of twisted government deliberately attempts to leave people behind? Instead of helping our communities, this administration is trying to erase our communities. It is truly unconscionable.
As it stands, about 40% of households across the country have not participated in the Census, and the Trump administration is still trying to cut it short.
It is clearer than ever that this administration exists only to cater to the needs of the few. This systematic approach to the exclusion and erasure of marginalized communities is disturbing and despicable. Every person should be counted because every person’s needs matter.
The promise of this country is to leave no one behind. This abrupt and premature end to Census counting must be reversed.