Josh Zakim Statement on President Trump's Decision to Inquire About Citizenship on the 2020 Census

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The following is a statement from Secretary of State candidate Josh Zakim on President Trump’s decision to inquire about citizenship status on the 2020 census:

“President Trump is once again attempting to scare, intimidate and threaten people. And we must once again stand up to defend our neighbors and our values.  This latest racist and xenophobic action by the president should be rejected by decent Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

“His Commerce Department’s announcement last night that it will ask about respondents’ citizenship status on the 2020 census will result in a significant undercounting in areas with a high immigrant population, and severely impact the representation they have in government.

“This is not the first time Trump has tinkered with the United States’ electoral system, but it could be the one causing the most sustained damage. The congressional redistricting that comes from this next census will affect voting long after Trump’s presidency ends.

“This attack on voting rights and access to government has to stop. That is why I will be filing a resolution with the Boston City Council tomorrow urging our congressional delegation to fight this unjust policy. And that is why I have made expanding voting rights and making government more accessible the cornerstone of my campaign for Secretary of State.

“When there is a president who is doing everything in his considerable power to exclude people from participating in our democracy, we need strong, energetic leaders with fresh ideas to fight for all of us. That is the kind of Secretary of State that I will be, and I won’t give up the fight until it’s won.”