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Rep. Grijalva Statement on SCOTUS Decision Allowing Trump Administration to End the Census Early

TUCSON— Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court approved the Trump Administration’s request to end the U.S. Census early. As a result, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the count will end on Thursday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time.

“With this ruling, the Supreme Court gives a green light to the Trump Administration to move forward with ending the Census early—despite ?a pandemic and ?the low response rates in hard-to-count communities,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “A failure to count all individuals in this country, including immigrants, minority, low-income and tribal members fails the future of our country and imperils billions of dollars in federal aid to our communities—including right here in Southern Arizona.”

According to a new report, if there is just a 1 percent undercount in the 2020 Census, the residents of the 3rd District of Arizona could lose:

  • $6.2 million in federal funding for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and foster care assistance programs.
  • $416,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 1,664 students would need in a school year.
  • $318,000 in federal funding for job training centers and career counseling. 

“Trump has engaged in a nonstop relentless assault on the integrity of the Census to suppress the participation of ?our most vulnerable communities?,” continued Rep. Grijalva. “I urge all my constituents to take the time within the next 24 hours to complete your Census and ensure that your community is accurately counted. Don’t let the Trump Administration succeed in silencing you.”

 

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