In a Win for Hard-To-Count Communities, SCOTUS Rejects Citizenship Question Rationale, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

In a Win for Hard to Count Communities, the U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Trump Administration’s Explanation for Including the Citizenship Question in the 2020 US Census, Sending Case Back to Lower Courts.

Media Statement: June 27, 2019

In a Win for Hard to Count Communities, the U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Trump Administration’s Explanation for Including the Citizenship Question in the 2020 US Census, Sending Case Back to Lower Courts.

From Count Me 2020 Coalition

The Count Me 2020 Coalition is elated with the Supreme Court of the United States decision to reject the Trump Administration’s explanation for including the citizenship question on the upcoming census. The coalition is pleased that the Supreme Court found the official explanation was implausible and legally inadequate, sending the case back to lower courts for further action.

Count Me 2020 calls on the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau to respect the Supreme Court’s decision and immediately proceed with the preparations for a 2020 Census that does not include the citizenship question. Count Me 2020 maintains our position that the citizenship question should not be included, as it will create another barrier to full participation for hard to count communities, making it harder to obtain a complete population count.

Count Me 2020 strongly encourages all residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties to fully participate in the count, so that proper political representation and resources are fairly allocated. The census is vital to the fair distribution of billions of dollars in resources and to ensure fair representation. The opportunity to achieve an accurate count happens once every 10 years and Count Me 2020 and its partners will be working to ensure that hard to count communities get accurate information about the confidentiality of Census data so they can confidently and securely participate in the 2020 Census.

Count Me 2020, a network of more than 100 community based organizations working to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 census count, was formed to support the hard to count communities of San Diego and Imperial Counties with trusted messenger organizations and will continue our work to ensure maximum participation and inclusion in the 2020 census — particularly among hard-to-count communities like people of color, urban, rural, and low-income households, immigrants, LGBT communities, limited-English proficient populations, and young children. Historically, hard to count communities face many obstacles to completing their census questionnaire such as limited English proficiency and lack of awareness and resources about how the data will benefit all communities.

As the regional agencies appointed to coordinate 2020 Census outreach, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the County of Imperial are responsible for leading public education efforts alongside local jurisdictions. Count Me 2020 is working together with SANDAG and the County of Imperial to encourage everyone in the San Diego and Imperial region to be counted.

For more information,  and access to resources and to see a list of current signers to the statement, visit Information is also available via phone at or call NALEO Education Fund’s toll-free national census bilingual hotline at 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


This list is not inclusive of all signers and more organizations are currently signing on, please check back often for updates.

In Solidarity, 

Alianza Comunitaria
Alliance San Diego
Asian Pacific Islander Initiative
Bayside Community Center
Casa Familiar
Center for Social Advocates San Diego County (CSA)
Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI)
Chicano Federation
Chula Vista Community Collaborative
City Heights Community Development Corporation
Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc
Council of Philippine American Organizations (COPAO)
County of Imperial
Employee Rights Center (ERC)
Engage San Diego
Fern Street Community Arts
Hanana Community Center
Home Start, Inc.
Horn of Africa
House of China
Interfaith Community Services
League of Women Voters, San Diego
Mas Pace
Mid-City CAN
National Latino Research Center
Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)
Paving Great Futures
Pillars of the Community
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
RISE San Diego
SAY San Diego
Somali Bantu Association of America
Survivors of Torture, International
The San Diego LGBT Community Center
Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC)
United Taxi Workers of San Diego
United Way San Diego
Universidad Popular
Urban League
Viet Vote San Diego
Youth Will

About Count Me 2020 Coalition

Count Me 2020 is a coalition of over 100 community organizations and civic groups working to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census count in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Outreach focuses on ensuring that the 255,000 to 783,000 individuals who are considered “hard to count” in San Diego and Imperial Counties are counted and represented.

The Coalition’s organizing approach is to nurture a culture of trust, engagement, buy-in and civic participation to reach, educate, motivate and activate individuals who are traditionally excluded and undercounted. Count Me 2020 coordinates closely with governments, businesses and other efforts, and welcomes all who care about our communities’ representation and proper funding distribution to join us! Learn more at

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