NCLEJ Joins Friend of Court Brief Urging No Citizenship Question in 2020 Census
NCLEJ has joined more than 150 other organizations in an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” brief in the lawsuit brought by the State of New York against the U.S. Department of Commerce challenging the inclusion of an unnecessary and intrusive citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The census is a constitutionally mandated count of the population that influences the allocation of more than $800 billion in the federal money as well as countless policy decisions. A citizenship question would likely lead to an undercount of populations that already face challenges in accurate representation in census data. A citizenship question would harm vulnerable communities and NCLEJ strongly opposes its inclusion in the 2020 Census.
Read the brief here.