Meng Blasts President Trump’s Attempt to Ban Undocumented Immigrants from Reapportionment

Jul 21, 2020
Press Release
Congresswoman to introduce legislation to block the effort
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today blasted President Trump for attempting to ban undocumented immigrants from being counted in reapportionment for Congress. The Congresswoman also announced that she will introduce legislation to block the effort.
“President Trump’s unconstitutional attempt to count some people instead of ALL people for reapportionment will fail just like his unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census,” said Meng. “I helped defeat that effort and I will do the same with his latest move to undermine the constitution and do further harm to immigrant communities. From the Muslim travel ban to separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, this President will do anything he can to advance his anti-immigrant agenda, and now he is using reapportionment to expand that cruel and un-American effort.”
“Immigrants have always been America’s strength, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen how so many immigrants have put themselves on the front lines to help combat the coronavirus,” Meng added. “They have made enormous sacrifices, working tirelessly to provide the critical services we need and depend on. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be introducing legislation to block funds from being used to carry out the President’s plan. Immigrants are part of the fabric of our nation, and we will not allow them to be kicked to the curb by this President.”