Hollier on Supreme Court ruling against additional census question

LANSING – State Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), an appointed member of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Census Complete Count Committee, has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to prevent a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census:

“The census is a critical and constitutionally mandated component of our democracy, which ensures every single person has representation and a voice in this country. Our nation, and state, is more successful when we include those who have come to call where they live ‘home,’ and who need representation the most. This ruling ensures, for the time being, that the immigrants who have made Hamtramck and Southwest Detroit in the 2nd Senate District rich in diversity will be counted — and represented — in our state legislature and in Congress. Further, it ensures that critical federal dollars come to Michigan.

“Every 10 years, we count the number of people living on American soil — citizens or not — as we have for nearly the past 250 years. I look forward to working with the Census Complete Count Committee to ensure that every single person, from down in Detroit all the way up to Ironwood, is counted so we can do better representing the people we serve.”

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