Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from April Verrett, president of SEIU Local 2015 and executive board member of SEIU California, on the ruling today by Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. District Court of Northern California that inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census violates federal law:
“We celebrate the ruling today in California striking down inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census and the recognition that every person counts and is valued in our great state. SEIU California has been steadfast in our commitment to make sure our immigrant brothers and sisters and people regardless of race—brown, black, or white—are fully included in the 2020 Census and in no way shut out from being represented.
“California has a lot on the line with the 2020 Census that will determine our congressional seats and vital funding for programs such as housing, education, transportation, employment and health care. We are grateful for the leadership of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to bring forward this lawsuit to strike down the citizenship question, stand up to the Trump Administration’s racist attacks on our communities and reject the continued attempts to tear apart the livelihoods of Californians.
“SEIU members look forward to the Supreme Court taking up this issue in April and affirming that the dignity of every person living in California and across the U.S. is protected and counted.”