*** Alex Padilla has been endorsed for Secretary of State by the CDP ***
I have been talking about it for months and now we have the evidence: the Trump administration is politicizing the Census.
Even before they announced their decision to add a question about citizenship to the decennial Census, we warned that it was an effort by Trump to intimidate non citizens from participating in the census, jeopardizing California’s representation in Congress plus billions in federal funding for the next decade.
Several states, including California, sued and as a result, we now see emails documenting former Trump Senior Advisor Steve Bannon and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach directing the Department to add the question to the census.
Their goal is blatantly clear, keep immigrants from being counted and distort the reapportionment and redistricting processes for their political gain.
We’re fighting back.
The Constitution requires the census to count “the whole number of persons in each State.”
I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and I will continue to do just that.
Thank you for standing with me,
California Secretary of State