Albuquerque, New Mexico | Apr 24, 2019 –
Yesterday, advocates for an accurate census count made a compelling argument before the United States Supreme Court to exclude a question regarding citizenship from the 2020 Census. There is clear evidence that any question regarding citizenship is guaranteed to depress census responses and lead to a drastic undercount of US residents, especially in communities of color. The government itself estimates that if the citizenship question is allowed, nearly 6.5 million people might not be counted.
Without question, the results of this case will have a significant impact on New Mexico. Our state is already one of the most difficult to count. For New Mexico, an undercount of a single percentage point would cost the state $750 million over the next 10 years. Quite simply, we cannot afford anything that discourages a complete count of New Mexico residents. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court finds in favor of an accurate count, and rules that a question related to a resident’s legal status cannot be allowed.
New Mexico Counts 2020 is an outreach campaign supported by philanthropic organizations to help ensure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census, especially in the most hard-to-count and reach communities. Participants include Albuquerque Community Foundation, Con Alma Health Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, JF Maddox Foundation, Los Alamos Community Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Community Foundation, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, Thornburg Foundation, United Way of Central New Mexico, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.