Nonprofits Celebrate Supreme Court Decision That Keeps Citizenship Question Off the 2020 Census

Nonprofits Celebrate Supreme Court Decision That Keeps Citizenship Question Off the 2020 Census

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Washington, DC – Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits and counsel of record on an amici curiae brief filed in the census citizenship question case, released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision today in Department of Commerce, et al. v. New York, et al.:

“Nonprofits across the country celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that effectively keeps the untested and unnecessary citizenship question off the 2020 census questionnaire. While the Court’s decision today still leaves open the possibility that the question may still find its way onto the census form, it’s still a victory for nonprofits and the people they serve. Census data are used to allocate federal funds and political power between the states, plus they provide information that for-profit businesses, governmental entities, and charitable nonprofits will use when making decisions over the next decade. Anything less than a fair, accurate, and complete count would hurt everyone throughout the United States.

“The Supreme Court’s correct result in this landmark case, however, only provides the opportunity for a fair, accurate, and complete count. It does not guarantee it. There still is much work to be done to prepare for the actual 2020 census – and nonprofits play a critical role ensuring that everyone is counted.”

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