For Immediate Release
March 27, 2018
Los Angeles – Former Assembly Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial Census questionnaire.
Said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:
“The Trump Administration’s decision today to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is nothing more than a thinly veiled effort to under-count the population and have inaccurate information as to where people live in our country. The Constitution required a census to determine representation in Congress. Given the changing demographics of our country, it’s obvious that Trump and his Republican allies want an inaccurate count purely for political purposes.
“A question that asks whether the person is in the country legally, as the Trump Administration intends to do, guarantees that fewer people will respond, whether they are legally here or not. Latino and immigrant communities are already under siege and are threatened by this Administration. The Constitution requires a count of all persons and that means everyone — undocumented, legal residents, prisoners as well as citizens.”