(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/15/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today applauded a federal judge’s decision to stop the Trump administration from questioning residents about their citizenship status as part of the 2020 census.
Jan. 15, 2019 Opinion by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Effort to Add Citizenship Question to Census
In a long and detailed opinion, the court concluded that Secretary Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question violated federal law and was “arbitrary and capricious” and that he acted “irrationally.”
The lawsuit was filed by 17 state attorney generals and the District of Columbia, among other cities and counties.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We welcome Judge Furman’s well-reasoned decision to put an end to the Trump administration’s attempt to scare immigrant communities from participating in the census. We thank the many states and organizations leading the litigation to ensure that our census is free of politically motivated and unlawful questions.”
Previously, on July 11, 2018, CAIR urged the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Commerce to drop the citizenship question from the 2020 census.
SEE Urge Census Bureau to Drop Trump’s Citizenship Question
SEE ALSO: CAIR Says Citizenship Question on Census Part of Trump’s ”˜White Supremacist Agenda’
On March 27, in response to the United States Department of Commerce announcing its intent to add a citizenship question to the census, CAIR rebuked the move as being a part of the Trump administration’s “white supremacist agenda.”
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and white supremacist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.