AAPI Women on SCOTUS Citizenship Ruling: “The Fight isn’t Over Yet”

WASHINGTON - Today, the Supreme Court effectively blocked the controversial citizenship question from appearing in the 2020 census.

In response to the news, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow released the following statement:

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court’s ruling will effectively block the citizenship question from appearing in the census for now. In a political climate where xenophobia has separated families and caused an uptick in racial profiling across the country, this question would have intimidated many immigrant communities from participating in our democracy. Our communities deserve better from our government.

“When our communities are undercounted, we see deep cuts to public programs that women of color and our families need to survive-- including access to schools, public transit, hospitals, and other critical services.

“Women of color, including AAPI women and girls who come from immigrant backgrounds, deserve better. While the Supreme Court decided this case on the side of justice, the fight isn’t over yet. Now, Congress must act quickly to hold the Trump Administration officials who lied to usher in this harmful policy accountable.”

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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.