Durbin Statement On President Trump's Memorandum Seeking To Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Count For Congressional Apportionment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s memorandum that seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count for the purpose of congressional apportionment:

“Article I, Section 2 and the 14th Amendment in the Constitution explicitly require the federal government to conduct a census that counts the ‘whole number of persons in each State.’  

“Just last year, the Supreme Court recognized that the Trump Administration’s stated rationale for attempting to add a census question on citizenship ‘seems to have been contrived.’  Today’s action by President Trump is nothing more than another partisan, fear-mongering press release to discourage immigrants from participating in the Census.’”