07/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/11/2019 22:23
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump backed down from adding a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the Trump Administration from including the question in the census:
'President Trump's citizenship question was a political weapon to hurt the very people the government is supposed to serve. Today, he admitted that he can't overrule the highest court of the land. As a former mayor, I know that an accurate census is critical to secure our communities' fair share of federal resources to access quality healthcare, housing and education. I stand ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with local elected officials to ensure that every person is counted in the 2020 Census-just as the Constitution mandates.'
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.