President Donald Trump issued a memo on Tuesday ordering the exclusion of people living in the United States illegally from the 2020 Census for the purpose of apportioning congressional representation.
In response, Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement on Wednesday opposing the executive order, stating that, “once again the Trump administration is using the Census as a tool to sew (sow) fear and division and produce an undercount.”
“A complete Census count is key to our ability as a country and as a state to ensure adequate funding for schools and infrastructure,” Gov. Jared Polis said in the statement. “When all Coloradans are counted, we all benefit from the resources and programs allocated to our state. In Colorado, we value our immigrant community and know how important they are to our way of life and our economy.”
Data from the census, collected every decade, helps to determine how many representatives from each state serves Congress and plays an important role in determining the distribution of federal funding. The data collected is also used by states for redistricting.
Some programs that rely on census funding include Section 8 housing initiatives, grants for educational agencies and emergency food and shelter programs, according to Colorado’s Official State Web Portal.
Coloradans can fill out the census online at my2020census.gov/ or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020.