New York, NY-Thursday morning, the US Census Bureau released the state by state results for the 2020 Census. The numbers revealed a more diverse state and one where the state’s population grew by more than 4% over the past decade, despite the count taking place during a pandemic and the Trump administration’s concerted effort to exclude immigrant New Yorkers from the census. Census watchers were thankful that NYS only lost one Congressional seat in the 2020 Census, as NYS has lost two or more seats every Census since 1950. Citing the massive growth in New York City’s Asian population, immigrant rights advocates immediately demanded that any redistricting map provide fair representation to these and all communities.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“New York dodged a bullet in the 2020 Census. If not for the hard work of community-based organizations like ours, the NY Counts Coalition members, and census workers across the state, New York would have lost more than one Congressional seat. As a result of this concerted effort, New York has a better picture of who its residents are and can make plans to serve them better. But now we must build on this victory and ensure that immigrant New Yorkers receive the fair representation and political power their numbers warrant.”