Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says that “every single person, no matter your documentation status” should participate in the 2020 census, according to the Washington Examiner.
“We’re all going to get mailed a prompt to fill out the census in the next two weeks or so,” she said during a Thursday interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers. “Every single person, no matter your documentation status, no matter your housing status, income, etc., is to be counted.”
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez condemned the idea of a citizenship question on the census, saying, “unspeakable horrors have been executed in the United States in the name of citizenship.”
The census, which will begin on March 12, 2020, will be used to determine how government funds should be used to build a wide range of infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, homes, and supermarkets. A major debate around the census is related to how the numbers are used to alter congressional representation. Ten states are expected to either lose or gain congressional districts based on the results of the 2020 census. –Washington Examiner
In 2018, President Trump took heat after his administration announced plans for a controversial citizenship question on the census, which hasn’t been included since 1950 according to the report. Federal Judge Jesse Furman, an Obama appointee, struck down the plan – writing that a citizenship test would be both “arbitrary and capricious.”
Last year, Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross were held in contempt by the House after they refused to respond to congressional subpoenas regarding the citizenship question.
The Trump administration gave up on adding the citizenship question to the census in June, 2019 after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the attempt.