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NPNA Urges Immigrants & Communities of Color to Act Now to Participate in the Census

Washington DC – NPNA urges communities of color to participate in the census after the United States Supreme Court allowed the Trump admin to end the count early.

Nicole Melaku, Executive Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) expressed dissatisfaction with the decision, “it is outrageous for the United States Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration to end the 2020 Census early amidst a pandemic and ongoing efforts by the administration to limit the political representation of communities of color. This will lead to an inaccurate Census count and strip a generation of people from the political representation and the resources they need and deserve, including the immigrants and refugees that the NPNA network serves. We urge those who have not filled out their census to make themselves count as they have until Thursday, Oct 15th at 11:59pm to ensure they are counted.

The Trump administration is adamant about undermining the voices and political representation of immigrant, Black and Latino communities. Now more than ever, we need to ensure our voices are heard by getting counted in the census, filling out our ballots and casting our votes.

While the decision from the Supreme Court is disappointing, we are hopeful that our communities will use the next day to ensure that our communities are not erased, and that our voices are heard.”

Eva Millona, President and CEO of the MIRA Coalition, an NPNA member, also commented: “The chaos caused by the Trump Administration continues. Census Bureau officials told the courts that they cannot produce accurate data by December 31st. Now it is up to Congress to ensure that the quality of the count meets the highest standards.”