Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.
LACOE officials said because of the ties the census has to federal funding, an undercount could put districts at risk of losing money for early childhood education, high-poverty area schools, special education, foster care education, child care subsidies for low-income families and various health programs.
The court sent the matter back to a lower court for review.
The county has allocated $322,141 to Long Beach to support community organizations and city outreach efforts.
Perhaps no state has more at risk than California, where no racial or ethnic group constitutes a majority and Hispanics outnumber whites. More than a quarter of its residents are foreign-born.
The Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census “threatens the very foundation of our democratic system” because it would cause a significant undercount of immigrants and Latinos that could distort the distribution of congressional seats, a U.S. judge said Wednesday.
The judge ruled that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and not followed proper administrative procedures.