The Dallas-Fort Worth office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27 decision to block a question about citizenship status from being included in the 2020 Census.
SEE: Supreme Court blocks citizenship question on 2020 census for now
“The Supreme Court’s observation that the Trump administration’s rationale for its citizenship question ‘seems to have been contrived’ is the understatement of the year,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri. “The citizenship question is a racist attempt to deny minority communities benefits and opportunities, and the Trump administration’s clumsy efforts to disguise it as lawful did not persuade even a court as friendly to the president as this one.
“We urge the Supreme Court to settle this matter for good by declaring the attempted inclusion of citizenship question unconstitutional,” said CAIR-DFW Acting Executive Director Ekram Haque. “Adding a citizenship question is nothing but a veiled attempt to scare non-citizen minorities from being counted and benefit from Federal programs. We remind the American-Muslims that non-citizen does not mean undocumented and encourage the community to be counted.”
It is not yet clear how the Census Bureau will handle follow-up for those households that fill out their questionnaire but choose not to answer a question. However, the Census Bureau has indicated that the more questions a household leaves blank, the higher the likelihood it will get a phone call or an enumerator visit.
In January, a federal judge in New York struck down the proposal to include a citizenship question but the Trump administration appealed the ruling, taking it to the Supreme Court.
SEE: CAIR Applauds Judge’s Decision on 2020 Census Citizenship Question
Earlier this year, CAIR and its New York chapter (CAIR-NY) joined the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and three American citizens of Japanese descent who were incarcerated during World War II in filing an amicus brief supporting challengers of the 2020 census citizenship question.
SEE: CAIR, CAIR-NY Join Japanese Americans Incarcerated in World War II and the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality in SCOTUS Brief Challenging Census Citizenship Question
When the citizenship question was first proposed, CAIR issued a statement decrying it as a part of President Trump’s ‘White Supremacist Agenda.’
SEE: CAIR Says Citizenship Question on Census Part of Trump’s ‘White Supremacist Agenda’