Los Angeles – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced this evening that a national coalition of local governments--including Los Angeles--and major civil rights organizations, has secured a temporary restraining order in its lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to cut the timeline for the 2020 U.S. Census. The Order requires the Administration to halt implementation of its August plan to prematurely cut off census outreach.
"The court's ruling today was absolutely essential. It puts a firm stop to the Trump Administration's efforts to prematurely curtail Census outreach--efforts that would lead to an undercount with devastating consequences for every Los Angeles resident," said Feuer. "A full Census count, void of political interference, is vital if Angelenos are to receive our fair share of federal resources and political representation."
Feuer and the national coalition of which Los Angeles is a part sued the Administration last month over its decision to compress eight and a half months of data collection and processing into just four and a half months, which would lead to an alarming undercount of the City’s populace.
The cities of Los Angeles, Salinas, and San Jose, along with King County, Washington and Harris County, Texas, and civil rights groups - Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the National Urban League and League of Women Voters – along with Harris County Court Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia comprise this national coalition.
Read the order here.
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