By Hayley Johnson | June 27, 2019
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined activists and supporters on the steps of the Statehouse to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling against Trump administration’s citizenship question for the 2020 census.
“Today is a really significant day. We got a huge win in the United States Supreme Court today,” Healey said.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal judges in a 5-4 ruling Thursday striking down the addition of a citizenship question.
“I am really proud of the lawyers and the advocates and the organizations that came together to take this case all the way up to the Supreme Court and to get justice in the ruling that we secured today,” Healey said.
“It determines our representation in Congress; it determines our representation in the electoral college; it determines what we are going to receive as a state for federal funding that will help schools and transportation and healthcare and so many other important services,” Healey said about the census.
She encouraged people to take the time and understand the meaning of “We the people” and said that the work is not done, and she will continue working to make sure everyone is accounted for in the census.
In Massachusetts, Healey said one in five workers is born outside of the country.
“Immigrants are 17% of our population. They are an economic driver and imperative. If our families are not counted in their entirety, we lose,” Healey said. “We lose in representation and we lose in federal support.”
“This case has never been about a line on a form. It has been about the heart and soul our of representative democracy,” said the director of the ACLU’s racial justice program, Rahsaan Hall. “We’re proud that we can stand in coalition and partnership with all of the other organizations and revel in this day.”
In April 2018, Healey and 17 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add the question argued “the last-minute would jeopardize the accuracy of the federal census, undercount Massachusetts residents and reduce federal funding in the state,” according to a statement.
In January, a New York federal judge agreed with Healey that a question on citizenship would result in a population undercount and would harm representation, according to a statement.
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