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CAIR Condemns Trump Order to Illegally Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census’ Congressional Apportionment Count

Muslim civil rights group urges every person residing in the U.S. to complete the U.S. Census

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned President Donald Trump for signing earlier this week a memo directing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to illegally bar undocumented immigrants from final census counts used to determine how many members of Congress are apportioned to each state.

SEE: Trump tries to restrict undocumented immigrants from the census

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision  blocked a question about citizenship status from being included in the 2020 Census and compelled the Trump administration’s compliance in printing census forms without a citizenship question.

Trump’s new memo states that it will be the “policy of the United States to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

In a statement, CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said:

“CAIR condemns President Trump’s brazen attempt to subvert American law and the Constitution by eliminating from the census those his administration would perceive to be lacking documentation. This memo is yet another example of President Trump’s xenophobic and anti-immigrant agenda attacking communities of color. 

“The census counts every living person in America regardless of immigration status. The president lacks the legal authority to change those results. He is grasping at straws and seeking a way to distract the American people, who are trying to survive his administration’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

CAIR notes that U.S. Census takers are scheduled to visit the non-responding household between August 11 – October 31, to ensure a complete and accurate count. Until October 31, 2020, households can continue to respond to the census online or by phone.


CAIR and its national network of chapters are working with local Islamic centers to ensure a community-wide awareness about the 2020 Census and more accurate counts of the diverse racial, ethnic and ancestry characteristics that make up the American Muslim community.

CAIR COMMUNITY ADVISORY: Complete the U.S. Census Today Online, Over the Phone or By Mail

The 2020 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, counts every person living inside the United States and five U.S. territories once every 10 years. Information from Census Bureau data affects congressional representation and school district assignments.

Census data also helps determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities in the form of public assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), health, education, transportation, disaster recovery, and much more. Faith-based organizations and institutions can also use census data to apply for grants.

CAIR notes that the Census Bureau will never ask for your: Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, or money or donations.

While Article 1, Section 2, the U.S. Constitution mandates a decennial census, Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects Americans against any dissemination of personal information gathered through the census. The Census Bureau does however publish anonymized census statistics about specific demographic groups and their distribution.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292,

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