LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after President Donald Trump today signed a memorandum to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 Census and in congressional districts during the 2021 apportionment process.
“First and foremost, I’d like to reassure the people of Detroit and Michigan that your census information is private and cannot be shared with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Today’s action by the president is disappointing at a time when the communities in my district are disproportionately suffering medically and economically from the coronavirus. We need our state and national leaders to step up and lead a path forward for ALL Americans, not suppress and exclude those who need government representation the most. That’s not what our America is about.
“The Constitution clearly states that every person must be counted regardless of their status, and I believe that to be true. The immigrant communities in Detroit, Hamtramck, and the immediate metropolitan area have an immense impact on our state’s history and culture. If we want to be the world’s beacon of human rights and morals, then we must help everyone within our borders. I will continue calling for everyone to fill out their census because we can, and we must, do better.”
Sen. Hollier was one of several elected officials appointed last year to serve on the Michigan 2020 Complete Count Committee. He has continuously promoted the value of the census, as its outcome determines how Michigan is represented in Congress and how much federal funding the state receives for schools, infrastructure, federal programs, and more.
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