CORONA, NY (July 21, 2020) — Council Member Francisco Moya issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s memorandum baring undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 Census:
“President Trump’s memorandum barring undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 Census is patently unconstitutional and nakedly political. Republicans already showed us their playbook here. Trump and his flunkies don’t actually believe that carving undocumented immigrants out of the census is in the best interest of the country. All they care about is that it’s best for their personal and political self-interest. This is party over country. Trump doesn’t care about the countless people who depend on the federal programs that will be gouged if this memorandum is followed — programs like Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, education grants and housing assistance. All he and Republicans care about is that this will help them gerrymander districts to shore up votes and silence immigrant communities. This memorandum is purely about political self-interest. It’s shameful, malicious, and unconstitutional.”
Council Member Francisco Moya represents the New York City Council’s 21st District, which encompasses Corona, East Elmhurst, LeFrak City and parts of Jackson Heights. He chairs the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and sits on seven other committees: Civil Service and Labor; Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations; Finance; Immigration; Land Use; Parks and Recreation; and Hospitals. Council Member Moya also serves as the vice co-chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC). For more information, please visit council.nyc.gov/francisco-moya/.