Immigration advocates are decrying the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that could lead to an early end to the U.S. Census.
Groups like the New York Immigration Coalition had already been concerned hard-to-count communities like the ones they represent would be missed by the survey, conducted once every 10 years.
But with the Supreme Court deciding to set aside a lower court order extending the count through the end of this month, the group said more action can still be taken by Congress and New York officials.
“The Supreme Court’s decision hurts, but it is not the fatal blow to an accurate 2020 Census count the Trump administration clearly hopes," said Meeta Anand, the Census 2020 senior fellow for the coalition, in a statement.
"For more than a year, there has been a statewide New York Census operation, which understood that it was up against an administration that would do everything it could to keep immigrant New Yorkers from being counted, and acted accordingly. Thanks to the litigation to date, our partners used every minute, hour, and day of almost two extra weeks to ensure that every New Yorker — regardless of legal status, age, or country of origin—were counted," the statement continues. "Now, we must build on that momentum and finish the last few days of the 2020 Census New York strong! We also need Congress to act immediately to extend statutory reporting deadlines to ensure accurate data. At stake are trillions of federal dollars and political representation for millions of us, particularly our most vulnerable communities. New Yorkers will need these resources and political power to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild an economy reflective of our vibrant and diverse communities.”
The Trump administration had called for an early end to the Census, arguing more time was needed to analyze the numbers.
The Census determines political representation in Washington and state capitols, as well how communities are funding and where companies bring their businesses.