Korean Americans are the latest immigrant group in the Chicago area to establish a complete count committee to boost participation in next year’s census. Inhe Choi, executive director of the HANA Center, one of the groups leading the census outreach, said Korean Americans face many of the same challenges as other immigrant communities in the Chicago area.
A day after pledging that the 2020 census would not ask respondents about their citizenship, Justice Department officials reversed course on Wednesday and said they were hunting for a way to restore the question on orders from President Trump.
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it would be printing forms for the 2020 census without a question asking about citizenship, abandoning its quest to add the query after being blocked last week by the Supreme Court. The decision is a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans.
Today, the Supreme Court delayed its decision on whether to add a “citizenship question” to the 2020 Census citing legally inadequate explanations from the lower courts. The decision on whether to add the citizenship question now remains up in the air as the Supreme Court is now waiting for a fuller explanation from the lower courts before moving forward. NAKASEC & Affiliates will be following the Citizenship Question closely and will alert our community of any new developments. Furthermore, we urge AAPIs, immigrants, and communities of color to participate as best as they can in the 2020 Census. We remain committed to our fight for full citizenship for all and an inclusive democracy.
In a surprising ruling, the Supreme Court has just prevented the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census — at least, for now. In January, a New York Judge ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the census violated US law by being “arbitrary and capricious,” since the Trump administration’s stated reasoning for adding the question (to help enforce the Voting Rights Act) was shown at trial to be an after-the-fact rationalization. The decision is surprising because the court’s conservative majority was expected to side with the administration and allow the citizenship question to move forward. But it’s not clear what this does to the timing of the 2020 census — whose forms were supposed to be finalized by Monday.