Los Angeles-In his latest challenge to the Trump Administration over its unconstitutional attempt to drastically shrink the timeline for the 2020 Census, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced Los Angeles and jurisdictions and organizations across the nation have joined in seeking a preliminary injunction to prohibit the U.S. Census Bureau from moving forward with its so-called Rush Plan. This new plan, abruptly announced August 3, would compress eight and a half months of data collection and processing into just four and a half months, leading to an alarming undercount of the City’s populace.
"We implore the court to act now because time is of the absolute essence. With each passing day, the Trump Administration's unconstitutional Rush Plan makes an unfair, incomplete, inaccurate Census all the more certain. That would have severe consequences for hard-to-count jurisdictions like Los Angeles," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Without this court's immediate intervention, the undercount will have devastating political and fiscal repercussions for decades."
The cities of Los Angeles, Salinas, and San Jose, along with King County, Washington and Harris County, Texas filed a lawsuit on August 18 against the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce. Joining this suit are 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. The lawsuit asks the court to prohibit implementation of the Rush Plan for the 2020 Census, and instead restore the Bureau’s COVID plan, which was announced early in the pandemic and extended deadlines for door knocking and other vital operations in order to facilitate a reasonably accurate Census count despite the myriad challenges tied to the virus.
Prior to filing the suit, on August 3, Feuer issued a demand letter to the U.S. Census Bureau seeking confirmation that it was changing direction and implementing the Rush Plan instead of the COVID plan.
In a statement, four former U.S. Census Directors said the compressed timeline would “result in seriously incomplete enumeration in many areas across our country.”
Without an accurate Census count, millions of dollars in federal funding and the City’s representation in Congress are threatened.
Read the preliminary injunction here.