Secretary Ross Purposefully Misled Lawmakers on Citizenship Question

Census News 03.14,19

March 14, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: LaGloria Wheatfall, [email protected], 202.548.7160

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement on today’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross regarding the 2020 Census:

“Yet again, Secretary Ross misled lawmakers about the citizenship question, continuing his trend of providing deceptive explanations for his harmful decision. American communities will suffer the consequences of this deception, which has increased the climate of fear throughout our country and will undermine the accuracy of the count. Congress must demand a fair and accurate count and remove the citizenship question.”

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