Ayanna Pressley Leads 18 Congressional Candidates and Political Organizations in Pushing Ban on Census Citizenship Question


BOSTON – Monday June, 11, 2018 – Candidate for US Congress Ayanna Pressley today announced a group of 18 national candidates and political organizations pledging support for legislation to ban the U.S. Census from asking residents if they are U.S. citizens — a joint proposal launched by the Pressley campaign.

“The Trump administration wants to frighten minority groups away from participating in the Census, so they remain invisible, uncounted, and underserved,” said Pressley. “If elected, I will file legislation to ban the citizenship question in future censuses; and I am honored to see so many progressives join me in this fight.”

Pressley wrote the language for the joint action this month, which her campaign posted online and circulated at: https://www.pactionpac.com/census/ayanna_pressley

“8.2 million Americans share a roof with at least one undocumented family member. The addition of a discriminatory citizenship question in the 2020 Census will jeopardize participation among U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents as well as the undocumented,” said Latino Victory Project President, Cristóbal Alex. “Entire communities will be in danger of losing political representation and critical public programs. We’re proud to join our progressive partners in demanding an accurate count and the removal of this question.”

“The inclusion of this unnecessary citizenship question was a politically-driven decision made to shift the balance of power,” said Sharice Davids, democratic candidate in Kansas’ Third District (running to become the first Native American woman in Congress). “It’s an unlikely coincidence that the current administration is adding a question that could result in significantly undercounting and therefore virtually silencing minority and immigration populations.”

As of June 11, the following campaigns and political organizations had signed on to Pressley’s joint action:

Congressional Campaigns

  • Congressman Tim Ryan’s campaign (OH-13)
  • Sharice Davids for Congress (KS-3)
  • Ann Kirkpatrick for Congress (AZ-2)
  • Dr. Hans Keirstead for Congress (CA-48)
  • Jason Rittereiser for Congress (WA-8)
  • Elaine Luria for Congress (VA-2)
  • Eric Holguin for Congress (TX-27)
  • Susan Wild for Congress (PA-7)
  • Katie Hill for Congress (CA-25)
  • Josh Harder for Congress (CA-10)
  • Ayanna Pressley for Congress (MA-7)

Political Action Committees

  • Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Big Sky Values PAC
  • Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
  • The Latino Victory Fund
  • Voto Latino
  • Daily Kos
  • National Democratic Training Committee

(Campaigns and organizations listed are participating in this joint action, but listing does not imply endorsements of individual candidates or organizations.)

Massachusetts has more than one million foreign-born individuals from 130 different countries.

In the 7th Congressional District, which includes Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Milton, Randolph and Somerville, foreign-born residents are responsible for nearly all the growth in the labor market in recent years, according to a recent report from MIT.

“These are the people who are running small businesses, conducting research in our universities and keeping our hospitality and tourism industries running,” said Pressley. “We should be giving visibility to the invisible to ensure that everyone is counted; and that’s why I’m running for Congress.”