NDRN Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Dismiss 2020 Census Challenge

December 21, 2020
NDRN Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Dismiss 2020 Census Challenge

In July 2019, the Trump Administration issued an executive memorandum, which if implemented, would exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census count for the purposes of Congressional apportionment.

On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge against this unlawful executive memorandum. Since the Trump Administration has, so far, not excluded undocumented immigrants from the reapportionment – the court dismissed the case as the data processing and tabulation of the 2020 Census is not yet complete.

“Although the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the 2020 Census challenge for now, if the Trump Administration does decide to move forward with its plans to exclude undocumented immigrants from congressional apportionment, the Supreme Court will have no choice, but to rule on the unlawful plan,” said Curt Decker, National Disability Rights Network Executive Director. “People with disabilities are a part of every community in the United States and we will continue to advocate for everyone to be represented in the halls of Congress.”

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.