BOSTON – Eva Millona, CEO and President of the MIRA Coalition and Chair of the Statewide Complete Count Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to delay a ruling in the case of Trump v. New York. The Court ruled that a legal challenge to the Trump Administration’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census count for congressional apportionment purposes was premature. The decision paves the way for the Trump Administration to move forward with their plan. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissented from the Court’s ruling.
“While we are disappointed that the Supreme Court did not take decisive action to strike down the Trump Administration’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count, this fight is not over. The Court explicitly did not rule that the policy is constitutional – it simply delayed a ruling. The legal mandate is clear that every single person counts in the census and every single person is represented in Congress. MIRA and our allies continue to assert that the proposed plan is neither feasible nor sound and runs against centuries of precedent.
“While we don’t believe it’s possible for the Trump Administration to implement its proposed plan in the next four weeks, we will continue to oppose any attempts to do so to ensure that every single person across our nation and our Commonwealth is counted. We urge the Biden Administration and Congress to join us in these efforts to preserve the integrity of the census count.”