Today, Harlem Representatives Adriano Espaillat and Carolyn B. Maloney led Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau. This letter is in response to Secretary Ross reaching out to Members of Congress asking them to become an “official partner of the 2020 Census” in order to ensure a full and accurate count.

“While we appreciate the Secretary’s intent of ensuring a full count, we believe his invitation comes in bad faith and is undercut by the Commerce Department’s insistence on adding a citizenship question to the Census,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “I believe the Secretary is trying to undermine an accurate count with the citizenship question, but it is in the best interest of my constituents and the country for Congress to work with the Commerce Department to get the best count possible. We are sending this letter to let the Secretary know that, despite our serious misgivings about the Secretary’s intentions, we will do our part to ensure a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census. We hope the Secretary will do the same.”

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