Statement On Supreme Court’s Census Citizenship Question Decision

Today’s Supreme Court decision remanding the Trump Administration’s attempt to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census back to the lower courts is a win for justice and the protection of rights for all. Had the question been included, it surely would have led to an undercount in immigrant and low-income communities, rendering them invisible. It also would have kept all in the community at large from accessing their fair share of federal resources that are dependent on a valid Census count.


While we applaud the Supreme Court’s decision, it does leave open the possibility that the question could still be included if the lower courts are able to resolve the justification question that the justices raised.  The message is clear: as advocates for the rights of all New Yorkers we know that we must remain vigilant to ensure that all New Yorkers will participate in the census. FPWA will be joining with other partners throughout the city to empower low-income and immigrant New Yorkers to be counted and affirm their rights. By standing together as New Yorkers, we all will be counted.


Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director, FPWA


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FPWA is an anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to economic opportunity and upward mobility. Having a prominent New York presence for nearly 100 years, FPWA has long served New York City’s social service sector, providing grants to help individuals and families meet their basic needs, and advocating for fair public policies on behalf of people in need and the agencies that serve them. FPWA’s member network of 170 human-service and faith-based organizations reaches more than 1.5 million people in New York’s communities each year. Join us at:, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.