Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s statement on the Supreme Court blocking, for now, the citizenship question from the 2020 Census
MIAMI — “I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision of blocking the question on the 2020 census that asks about a person’s citizenship status. The purpose of the census is about collecting data on people that reside in communities across our nation so that federal resources are distributed for the needs of the population. Questions on the census regarding one’s citizenship not only spark fear, but also promulgates a negative and political narrative that discourages an accurate and full count. The census gathers statistical data about our nation, it does not and should not conduct an immigration head count.
As Chair of the Miami-Dade County 2020 Census Task Force, our message is the importance of being counted. The more people counted, the more money will be allocated to our county to update schools, build new hospitals, repair broken roads, sustain law enforcement and maintain public utilities and services. Educating the public is key to ensuring our county receives the necessary funding and fair representation it deserves. In every neighborhood and corner of Miami-Dade County, we all must become agents to raise public awareness about how census participation impacts the county’s future prosperity. It is up to all of us to shape our future by ensuring that every person in Miami-Dade is counted.”