SACRAMENTO, July 11, 2019 – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement after President Trump’s announcement that his administration had failed in its attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census:

“That President Trump conceded there will not be a citizenship question on the 2020 census is a victory for all Americans, no matter how he tries to frame it,” said Attorney General Becerra. “It is time for the Trump Administration to move on. The bottom line remains: everyone must count in our nation and no one should be pushed into the shadows. We encourage everyone to complete the census form and remember that individual information collected by the Census Bureau is confidential and protected by law. Now it’s time to get to work to ensure a fair, legal, and accurate count.”

This statement was issued after President Trump announced today in an Executive Order that his administration would continue collecting information on citizenship status as it had previously done, through methods other than a question on the census questionnaire.