Torres Statement on SCOTUS Ruling to Strike Down Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

June 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision on the case of U.S. Department of Commerce v. New York, which determined that the Trump Administration’s citizenship question will not be included in the 2020 Census: 


“Today, the Supreme Court stood up for democracy and the generations of immigrants who have made America the country that it is. The people of California’s 35th Congressional District, which is comprised of many immigrant communities and communities of color, depend on an accurate census for their fair share of federal resources. This funding makes it possible for hard-working, low-income families to access quality healthcare through the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid; affordable housing through Community Development Block Grants; support, education, and training for every child and parent to succeed through Head Start; and safe roads to drive on. On the Appropriations Committee, I proudly worked to prevent the Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to the census. As a former Mayor, I look forward to working with local elected officials to ensure every resident is counted.”


Torres is a member of the powerful House Appropriations and Rules Committees. The 35th Congressional District is one of the hardest to count in the country, with approximately 231,300 people or 31 percent of the district living in hard-to-count neighborhoods.