Supreme Court strikes down decision to add ‘citizenship question’ to census

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Supreme Court struck down the federal government’s decision to add whether or not someone is a citizen to the census questionnaire.  Alabama’s leaders say if the state doesn’t have full participation a lot of services could be at risk. 

In 2018, Alabama joined several other states to make sure noncitizens couldn’t be counted in the 2020 census, it’s a decision the Supreme Court disagreed with.

In a statement from Gov. Ivey following SCOTUS’s ruling reads:

“It is absolutely critical that every Alabamian is counted in the 2020 Census. We have much to lose, but at the same time, we have much to gain. The census count will determine if Alabama can receive important dollars for areas like education, infrastructure and health care. I urge Alabamians to fill out their census forms in March and April 2020, so that we can ensure Alabama’s future counts.”

“This number is going to drive the division of money and services for a decade,” said Sonny Brasfield. 

It happens every ten years the census, it’s where the government tries to get an accurate count of the people. 

Sonny Brasfield is working to make sure that county governments have full participation.

“As a family what you’re going to need from government 10 years from now is completely different than what you need today,” said Brasfield. 

Greg Cochran is working to make sure that municipalities participate in the census, he says this affects things like schools lunches, housing and infrastructure.

“They’re critical to our communities to help fill the gap funding gaps that we have at the local level,” said Greg Cochran. 

The census count for the state is expected to begin next March through April. 

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