Mayor Garcetti leads U.S. Mayors’ call for an accurate 2020 Census

A letter circulated across America has drawn bipartisan support from 161 mayors opposed to the Trump Administration’s proposed question on citizenship

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti, in coordination with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the offices of Mayor de Blasio (NYC), Mayor Turner (Houston), Mayor Pugh (Baltimore), and Mayor Giles (Mesa), is leading a coalition of national mayors calling on the Trump Administration to ensure an accurate and inclusive Census in 2020.

An open letter, addressed to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and first circulated last month at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Washington D.C., has to date received 161 supporting signatures from mayors across America. The letter calls on Secretary Ross and the Trump Administration to fully fund the upcoming Census, appoint a nonpartisan Census director, and reject the Department of Justice’s request to add a Census question on citizenship status.

“Everybody counts,” said Mayor Garcetti, Chair of the USCM Latino Alliance. “An unnecessary and mean-spirited Census question about citizenship would undermine the fair and accurate count that the Constitution demands, and deny too many cities the resources and representation they deserve.”

This coalition is led by Mayor Garcetti in conjunction with Democratic Mayors Bill de Blasio of New York City, Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, and Sylvester Turner of Houston, and Republican Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Arizona. 

Mayor Garcetti is also taking immediate action at the local level. Today, he signed the twenty-first Executive Directive of his administration — establishing Census Liaisons in nearly every City department to coordinate with the Mayor’s Office of the Census to ensure an accurate count in Los Angeles. Each department will develop a 2020 Census Outreach Plan and will update their databases with known addresses to aid in Census efforts and in the delivery of City services while protecting the confidentiality of residents’ personal information.

The letter to Secretary Ross, as well as a full list of mayors that have signed on, can be found here.