Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question from 2020 Census … For Now

In a decision handed down today, the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the inclusion of an untested citizenship question on the 2020 Census for now in Department of Commerce v. New York.

APA views today’s decision as a partial victory for communities that strive to create inclusive neighborhoods that connect residents — no matter their citizenship status — to jobs, services, and affordable and accessible housing and transportation options.

APA did not file an amicus brief in the case, but did send a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last year, urging the department to reconsider inclusion of an untested citizenship question in the 2020 Census. APA is concerned that an untested question could undermine preparations for an accurate census.

The census is an important, reliable source of federal data that planners use to support good local decision making, which is an integral part of effective planning.  

Read the letter APA sent to Secretary Ross.

APA members can take action through the Planners’ Advocacy Network to show their support for an accurate and fully funded census.


June 27, 2019