WASHINGTON - Today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in U.S. Department of Commerce v. State of New York, challenging the legality of the Trump Administration’s intention to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
In response to the ruling, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the wider Reform Movement institutions:
“We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to block the addition of an untested citizenship question from the 2020 Census. The administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question is a reprehensible effort to further entrench fears and depress response rates in immigrant communities and communities of color, undermining the accuracy of the Census and threatening critical representation and government resources. The Commerce Department must move ahead with the Census and abandon any further efforts to add this harmful question."
The Torah tells us that in the wilderness of Sinai, God commanded Moses to take a head count of the people (Numbers 1:2). Our modern-day responsibility to support the engagement of all people in civic life and ensure the well-being of all communities is no less significant. This is why we require a fair and accurate count.
“We will continue our important work to ensure the moral and Constitutional integrity of the Census. We encourage all communities to support robust participation in the Census, which is vital to a strong and healthy democracy.”
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 2,000 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.