State Rep. Lisa Subeck
Press Release

Rep. Subeck Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

"The addition of a citizenship question is nothing more than an attempt to weaponize the census against marginalized communities by diluting their political influence."

By - Apr 2nd, 2019 09:19 am

MADISON – On Monday, State Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) joined a bipartisan group of more than 150 state and local elected officials and municipalities around the country in challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The group filed an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in Department of Commerce v. New York, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, which addresses the important issue of whether a citizenship question should be added to the 2020 census.

The addition of a citizenship question in the 2020 census would significantly impair the accuracy of the census by discouraging households with noncitizens from participating, potentially leading to an undercount of communities of color and undermining the fair allocation of more than $900 billion in federal funds.

“Every single Wisconsinite should stand up and be counted in the 2020 census without fear. The addition of a citizenship question is nothing more than an attempt to weaponize the census against marginalized communities by diluting their political influence,” said Rep. Subeck.  

The addition of a citizenship question would result in inaccurate census data and divert hundreds of millions of dollars away from vital programs that support public education, nutrition, health care, victims of crime, community development, rehabilitation centers and unemployment insurance, among so many others. Put simply, the improper allocation of this funding—away from those who need it most—will negatively impact the lives of millions of Americans, including many right here in Wisconsin.

“I urge the Supreme Court to affirm the decision of the lower court and ensure the proper allocation of federal resources by rejecting the inclusion of a citizenship question,” said Rep. Subeck.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by State Rep. Lisa Subeck

Representative Lisa Subeck Offers Resolution Designating September as “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month”

Rep. Subeck announced the resolution during a legislative advocacy day organized by the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Healthy Babies, Working Mothers Act Introduced During National Breastfeeding Month

Representative Subeck Circulates Bi-Partisan Bill to Support Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Representative Lisa Subeck Joins Governor Evers, Democratic Colleagues Introducing Universal Background Check Legislation

"No family should have to worry that they or their children will be harmed by gun violence."

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us