Supreme Court Rules on Citizenship Question

The Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration from adding a citizenship question to the census for now. In a 5-4 decision on Thursday, the court determined that the explanation for including the question was insufficient. Opponents of the question say there is no time to revisit the issue before next week’s scheduled start to print the forms.

​The United States Census Bureau predicts that the question would lower responses rates from millions of people, especially among immigrants. An undercount would impact the amount of federal dollars and number of congressional representatives for each state.

After the decision was announced, President Donald Trump tweeted that is seeking to delay the census, which is required by the U.S. Constitution to occur every 10 years.

As outlined in our 2019 Public Policy Agenda, Arizona Grantmakers Forum opposes the inclusion of the citizenship question and any policies that discourage census participation. If your organization is interested in supporting a fair and accurate count, please see the resources below.

Supreme Court’s Census Decision a Win for Democracy (United Philanthropy Forum)

U.S. Supreme Court Citizenship Question Field and Communications Toolkit
English Version | Versión en Español (NALEO Educational Fund)

Rapid Response Toolkit (Color of Change)

Online Training Series on Digital Organizing for Census (Census Counts)

Video Series on Digital Basics for Census (Census Counts)

If you have additional resources to share, please contact Kim Garbacz.