SACRAMENTO, Calif. — President Donald Trump’s directive to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census has sparked several legal challenges, including a lawsuit from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
The U.S. Constitution requires a census count of the country every 10 years. The president’s memo aims to bar undocumented immigrants from being counted for congressional apportionment next year.
Despite federal laws to protect confidentiality on information shared in the U.S. Census, getting undocumented families to fill out the questionnaire has been a struggle in states like California, which is home to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants.
Tomas Evangelista, Executive Director at Evangelista Community Relations and Co-Founder of California Dreamers, said President Trump’s efforts to block immigrants from participating has only made his job harder.
Evangelista would normally go door to door to educate people on the importance of filling out the census. However, COVID-19 has changed the way he does business.
Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to the Trump administration by saying his latest action to exclude undocumented immigrants when determining representation in Congress is rooted in racism and xenophobia.
“It’s going to be another long court battle. It’s just disheartening,” Evangelista said.
Despite the obstacles he’s faces 2020, Evangelista said nothing will stop him from educating his neighbors on their civic duty.
Trump's Move to Bar Undocumented Immigrants From Census Faces Challenges
PUBLISHED 5:26 AM PDT Aug. 04, 2020