Pelosi Statement on Trump’s Unconstitutional Census Memorandum

July 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump issued a memorandum seeking to exclude non-citizens from being counted in the 2020 Census:

“The Census is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined by our Founders to ensure that all people who live in the United States, regardless of citizenship, are equally counted and represented.  Yet, by seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 Census, the President is violating the Constitution and the rule of law. 

“The Constitution is clear: it requires an ‘actual Enumeration’ of the ‘whole numbers of persons’ for the population count and congressional apportionment.  There is no ambiguity about its command.  Trump’s unlawful effort is designed to again inject fear and distrust into vulnerable and traditionally undercounted communities, while sowing chaos with the Census.

“The Trump Administration’s relentless, politically-motived attempt to illegally include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census was unequivocally rejected by the Supreme Court last year.  Nevertheless, the Administration continues to advance its cruel anti-immigrant agenda, fanning the flames of hatred and xenophobia, tearing countless families apart and challenging our bedrock values of equality and justice for all.   

“The House of Representatives will vigorously contest the President’s unconstitutional and unlawful attempt to impair the Census.  We will be vigilant to ensure a full, fair and accurate Census and continue working to guarantee maximum participation and inclusion so that every person in every community is counted.”