House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unloaded on the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census form Tuesday, saying the move was “disturbing” and somehow “violates the constitution.”
The former Speaker of the House released an official statement hours after the White House unveiled the revised questionnaire; asking American households if its current residents were “US Citizens” for the first time in decades.
“The Trump Administration’s late night announcement of a new citizenship question violates the clear constitutional mandate to provide an accurate count of all people living in the United States,” wrote Pelosi. “This detrimental change will inject fear and distrust into vulnerable communities, and cause traditionally undercounted communities to be even further under-represented, financially excluded and left behind.”
“To protect the strong, accurate and nonpartisan Census that our democracy and Constitution demand, the Congress must now immediately pass Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s 2020 Census Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy Act,” she added.
Read Pelosi’s full statement here.