Colorado Democrats and progressive activists praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to block a citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census.
Lawmakers and activists gathered at a press conference at the capitol in Denver after the court ruled 5-4 in the decision.
Those opposed to the citizenship question said it would deter residents who are illegal immigrants from participating, and states could lose out on key federal funding if complete census numbers aren’t collected.
“The census is about making sure every Coloradan is counted, and not about political gain,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement. “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a step in the right direction to ensure that everyone is counted as accurately and as free from intimidation as possible.”
“In Colorado, we passed bipartisan legislation to promote the census, because we know an accurate count will ensure equitable funding that can go toward new roads, new schools, emergency services and economic opportunities,” he added.
Democrats passed legislation last session allocating $6 million to census outreach in the state.
In January, Colorado joined several other states in a lawsuit challenging the census question.
“By recognizing that the government did not truthfully explain why it sought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that the rule of law must be followed,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said. “This decision is a victory for our nation and for Colorado since the census will have a direct impact on our state’s representation in Congress and our fair share of federal dollars for transportation, healthcare, education, public safety, and many public assistance programs.”
Colorado’s population has gone from 5 million to 5.7 million in almost a decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.