For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019
Contact: Jeremy Barousse,
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Immigrant Rights Organization Praises SCOTUS Ruling on Census Citizenship Question
San Jose, CA - Today, the United States Supreme Court has effectively prevented, for now, an attempt by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and will be sending it back to the lower court. Immigrant rights organization Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is calling the decision victory, and will continue to organize and provide community education to increase participation among immigrants and refugee families to empower their neighborhoods with vita community resources, as well as congressional representation and redistricting.
“We exposed Trump for exactly what he is, a fear-mongering and power-hungry leader,” said SIREN Executive Director Maricela Gutierrez. “The inclusion of a citizenship question on the Census was never about collecting government data. It was about stoking fear in immigrant communities and denying us a right to visibility and representation. Our communities can feel empowered that we count and that we matter.”
In response to today’s ruling, SIREN will be hosting a press conference today at 1pm at its office located at 1415 Koll Circle, Suite 108, San Jose, 95112. Please come out and be part of the community as we rise up and elevate our community voices.
The U.S. census takes place every 10 years and the data collected impact the future of our communities. The data help determine how more than $800 billion in federal resources will be distributed, including where schools, roads and hospitals are built, as well as providing the basis for funding for other essential programs and services. The census is also used to decide congressional representation, as well as used to decide redistricting on federal, state, and local levels of government.
Maricela Gutiérrez - Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network
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Maricela Gutierrez - Executive Director
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network