Congressman Harley Rouda’s statement on Supreme Court decision blocking inclusion of Census citizenship question

June 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48) issued the following statement: 

In a victory for the founding principles of our Democracy, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s inclusion of a so-called citizenship question, a pretext for political tampering with the U.S. Census. We already know who in the United States is a citizen through administrative data. The real aim of the question was to advantage one party in elections at the expense of representation for Americans like my constituents of Vietnamese and Latino heritage in Orange County. The strategy also would have decimated access to federal funding for critical health care, housing, and infrastructure programs in the region.

But the court did not shut the door on this strategy altogether. We must keep guard against any further efforts of political tampering, and exercise the necessary oversight of the census to ensure an accurate count of our population, as the framers envisioned.