Ayanna Pressley has joined a coalition of candidates pledging to aid legislation to ban the U.S. Census from asking anyone if it’s U.S. citizens.
“The Trump administration really wants to frighten minority groups clear of playing the census, hence they remain invisible, uncounted, and underserved,” Pressley said from a released statement.
The city councilor and 7th District congressional candidate added if she’s elected, she will file legislation “to ban the citizenship question in future censuses; using this program . honored to discover a lot of progressives join me during this fight.”
The Trump administration’s decision needs the census need to people concerning citizenship status within the 2020 census, whatever hasn’t been done since 1950.
The Justice Department states inside a statement it “looks forward to defending the reinstatement with the citizenship question, which will permit the department to cover the authority to vote assure free and fair elections for those Americans.”
Pressley said 10 other candidates running for Congress and 7 other political organizations have joined her within the fight.
Some with the candidates running for office in Washington, D.C., include Democrats Tim Ryan of Ohio; Sharice Davids of Kansas; Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona and Elaine Luria of Virginia.
Pressley faces U.S. Rep. Micahel E. Capuano in her hunt for a seat inside the district. Harry potter 7 District includes Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Milton, Randolph and Somerville.
Pressley said illegal immigrants are assets into the community.
“Fundamental essentials individuals who are running small companies, conducting research in your universities and keeping our hospitality and tourism industries running. We should be giving visibility to your invisible to ensure that so many people are counted.”
Some political action committees backing the source are the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, The Latino Victory Fund and Voto Latino.
Herald wire services contributed to this report.