(Santa Fe, NM) – State Senator Howie Morales (D-Silver City) today strongly condemned the Trump Administration’s decision to include a question regarding the US Citizenship status of respondents of the 2020 Census. Morales, who is a member of the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee, emphasized that the unusual change to the census could financially hit New Mexico hard by reducing federal funding for a broad array of services.
“The people of New Mexico demand that all of us be counted in the Census, just like the Constitution explicitly states. In the 2010 Census, our state population was composed of 48.5 % of Hispanics, and we know that an accurate count in 2020 will reflect a sizable increase in that numbers. We will not allow political interference to put into question the accuracy of our state’s population count. This blatant political interference would also lead to gross distortions of our funding streams and re-districting processes. I join legislators from across the country in calling on the Trump Administration to reverse course, and if they ignore the pleas from experts around the country, then Congress has a duty to protect the integrity of our Census,” said Sen. Morales.
Sen. Morales is a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), which represents the voices of more than 400 Hispanic state legislators from across the country, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which also was highly critical of the inclusion of this question.
“So many federal grants use census population counts in their funding formulas, including for Medicaid and education. I am extremely concerned what may happen to key funding for seniors and children in New Mexico if this change is permitted,” added Morales.