Georgia Faith Leaders Applaud SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question

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June 27, 2019

 

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Georgia Faith Leaders Applaud SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question

 

Atlanta, Ga. -- On Thursday, June 27th, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against adding a discriminatory citizenship question to the 2020 census.

 

Georgia faith leaders applaud the Justices. This immoral addition to the 2020 census was designed to deter immigrants and communities of color from being counted. 

 

Rev. Juan Sandoval, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta:

“I’m very pleased by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike the citizenship question from the 2020 census. The question would have made it impossible to provide an accurate count of all people in our nation, distorted political representation and underfunded health care, roads and education in communities of color. But our work is not done; faith leaders must work to ensure that all people in our communities and congregations are counted in 2020. Everyone counts in the eyes of God, and everyone must count in the eyes of our government.”

 

Rev. Tom Hagood, Columbia Presbyterian Church, Decatur:

“I’m encouraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to exclude the administration’s racist citizenship question from the 2020 Census. The addition of this question was only designed to place fear in the hearts of immigrants. We will only become one nation under God when all of God’s children are equally valued and no one is excluded. Today’s ruling was a step in that direction.”

 

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