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OH Faith Leaders Applaud SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question


June 27, 2019


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123
Dan Clark, dclark@faithinpubliclife.org, (614) 648-3663

OH Faith Leaders Applaud SCOTUS Decision on Citizenship Question

Columbus, OH — On Thursday, June 27th, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against adding a discriminatory citizenship question to the 2020 census.

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

Imam Horsed Noah, Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center, Columbus:

“I’m relieved by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the immoral and racist citizenship question from the 2020 Census. This question is a racist scheme by the Trump administration to exclude immigrant communities like mine from the census to deny us the representation and resources we deserve. Though we received good news today, I will continue working to ensure that all in our communities are counted in 2020.”

Rev. Jerome Hurst, Southeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Cleveland:

“I applaud today’s Supreme Court ruling to reject the racist citizenship question. Making sure every person is counted in the 2020 census is a matter of justice, equality and human dignity. When we answer the census and help our neighbors do so too, we declare that we are part of ‘we the people’ and we refuse to be excluded. From political representation to funding of essentials like hospitals, roads and schools, there’s so much at stake. Everyone must be counted.”


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