July 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the White House issued a memo to reduce the time of the Census, resort to sampling, and direct the Sec. of Commerce not to count "illegal aliens" in reapportionment.

Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, released the following statement.

“Dear Mr. President, while Martians and other space creatures may be aliens, human beings are not. The U.S. Constitution plainly states that all persons get to be counted for the purposes of reapportionment of taxes and representatives. When all people count in the Census, we make sure communities get the monies needed to support schools, transportation, electricity, and other services. These race-baiting and discriminatory tactics to discourage people from filling out the Census and to also shorten the time of the Census are flatly un-American. They will disproportionately harm rural communities that depend heavily on federal investment and representation. PFLAG will continue to encourage all people to complete the Census without fear and to make sure everyone is counted.”

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. To learn more, visit pflag.org, like us on Facebook (/pflag), or follow us on Twitter (@pflag) or Instagram.


Laura McGinnis, Media Relations Manager