“The Trump administration’s decision to ask about citizenship on the U.S. Census is a gross political act that launches another missile at the heart of New York. Make no mistake: this decision is anti-immigrant and is intended only to serve the political agenda of those in power in Washington.
“This reckless question will undermine the accuracy and the legitimacy of Census data, which determines representation in Congress and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal aid. By leading to a misrepresentation of the number of New Yorkers, this question will jeopardize critical funding for New York’s health care, social services and other vital programs that benefit all New Yorkers.
“In New York, we believe our diversity is our greatest strength and that, unless you are Native American, we are all immigrants. With the Statue of Liberty raising her torch in our Harbor, we will never stop fighting to uphold the values of inclusion and opportunity for all that built this state and this nation.”