Civil and Human Rights Groups’ Amicus Brief in 2020 Census Case

Executive Summary

More than 140 advocacy groups filed an amicus brief siding with New York’s federal court challenge to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to add a “citizenship” question to the 2020 census. The brief led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Muslim Advocates, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, states, “What unites this coalition is an interest in ensuring that all communities — particularly young children, women, immigrants, low-income communities, and communities of color — continue to enjoy the recognition, freedom, and economic and political power to which they are entitled under the U.S. Constitution. The government’s addition of citizenship question to the 2020 census gravely threatens to undermine that goal.” National Health Law Program was among the many grassroots, health care, labor and educational organizations that also signed the amicus brief.

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