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Michigan Attorney General Nessel's Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on 2020 Census

LANSING – In response to today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which leaves the citizenship question blocked for now from the 2020 census, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel offered the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision has preserved – at least for now – the very foundation of our democracy and one of the founding principles of this country: every person counts.  Cities and states across the nation will now be able to accurately count their populations without fear that results will be used as a political weapon, and undocumented immigrants should no longer need fear that their identifying information will be provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Many city, county, state and federal district lines would be drawn inaccurately and would not reflect actual populations if millions of undocumented immigrants do not participate in the census.  In addition, the financial resources distributed by the federal government would have been lower to many cities and states, affecting everything from infrastructure to healthcare. Today's decision ensures that the 2020 census count will be reflective of local communities and populations.”