U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Twenty-one Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46) and CHC Civil Rights Task Force Chair Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09), sent a letter to Secretary Wilbur Ross outlining their concerns with proposed changes to the 2020 census.
The inclusion of a citizenship question, as well as, unresolved issues from the 2010 Census jeopardizing the accuracy of the 2020 Census, potentially taking billions of dollars in federal funds and accurate congressional representation from communities across the country.
“The census questionnaire is vital to ensure accurate representation and allocation of resources in our communities for the next decade,” the Members wrote.
They continued: “Census data is used to reapportion seats in the House of Representatives, to realign congressional districts, and is a factor in the formulas that are used to distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year to state and local communities. Additionally, businesses and organizations base their financial decisions on census data.”
In addition to Rep. Soto and Correa, the following members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus signed the letter: Reps. Lujan Grisham, Gomez, Serrano, Kihuen, Gallego, Castro, Sanchez, Napolitano, Roybal-Allard, Gonzalez, Sires, Gutierrez, Vargas, Barragan, Espaillat, Torres, Grijalva, Aguilar, and Cardenas.
The official letter can be found here.