Investigate Possible Perjury Related to Census Citizenship Question

Official Daily Action for Friday May 31, 2019

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wants to add a question relating to citizenship to the 2020 Census. He testified before Congress that this question was not politically motivated. Documents have been found that contradict Ross's testimony. A study showing that adding a question of citizenship to the 2020 Census would disadvantage Democrats has been found among the documents in the estate of Thomas Hofeller, a GOP gerrymandering strategist. Paragraphs from that study later appeared in official documents making the opposite claim.

A lawsuit filed last week against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other defendants in New York federal court includes requested sanctions against Ross and others in the case, accusing them of misrepresentations on "the central issues of this case," according to the filing.

The Supreme Court is set to rule on the citizenship question in the next few weeks.

Let's make sure that all the relevant information is made public, by asking the House to begin an investigation into possible perjury by Mr. Ross and members of his staff.

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Script

"Hello, I’m [name] from [city, zip]. I'm calling about the proposed census question relating to citizenship. New evidence of intentional suppression of Census responses in Democratic areas has been submitted to a court in New York. It appears that Commerce Secretary Ross may have lied to Congress. Please begin an investigation into his actions, both lying to Congress and attempting to subvert the Census process. A true and accurate Census is critical to fair representation of Americans across the country."

Background

Good News

The City of Seattle and King County announced $5.6M in funding for legal services for our immigrant and refugee neighbors at risk of deportation. https://twitter.com/mayorjenny/status/1133817830963666944?s=21