The Partnership for America’s Children is appalled by the President’s July 21st unconstitutional memorandum mandating the exclusion of undocumented individuals from the decennial census apportionment data. This will hurt children—citizen children, documented children, and undocumented children—because it will discourage family members from responding to the Census.
When families respond to the Census and count everyone in their households, it means more federal money for their states and communities for schools, for health care, for child care, and for many other programs that help children thrive. It means local governments have better information to plan for things like the number of children in schools or how many families need health care. And it means their community gets fully represented in Congress, in state legislatures, in county councils, and on school boards.
Over six million children live in households with at least one undocumented immigrant adult who may be deterred by this memorandum from completing the Census. The Partnership encourages everyone living in the United States to fill out the decennial census to ensure their community has the information it needs to plan for the future and to make sure the community receives all the federal funds that it is entitled to receive.
The decennial census does not ask for citizenship status or the legal status of an immigrant and the information it collects is covered by strict confidentiality laws; anyone releasing that information can go to prison for up to five years or pay a fine of up to $250,000. The President’s memorandum leaves the confidentiality law unchanged. Personal information still must remain confidential, and the decennial census questions still do not ask about citizenship or immigration status.
Rather, the President is ordering the Census Bureau to use other data sources to edit the decennial census files that will be used for apportioning congressional representation by removing individuals that appear to be undocumented. While this is clearly unconstitutional since the Constitution requires Congressional apportionment to be based on an actual enumeration, and while it violates the federal law that sets forth how apportionment data should be collected and tabulated, it is important for everyone to understand that the memorandum does not require or allow the release of individual information.


Standing in Solidarity; Working for Our Children

As a network of advocates for children, we stand in solidarity with children, youth, families, and community members across the country to denounce the violent forces of racism and state-sanctioned violence that murdered George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with hundreds of other Black fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. We believe Black Lives Matter.
Our community is struggling today to find ways to respond to three crises at once: a global pandemic, a flailing economy, and police brutality. All of these crises disproportionately leave a damaging and lasting impact on Black children and their families and communities. The anger inflaming our nation today is the consequence of centuries of oppression against Black communities that stifle opportunities for upward mobility for many Black children, and label Black human lives as disposable.
As leaders of organizations, we stand firm to our collective commitment to racial and ethnic equity. We support our Black leaders and leaders of color. We are here to listen, to support, and unapologetically fight for justice.
Our hearts weigh heavy with the pain felt across the nation today, but the power of our communities gives us hope. We are honored to join you to demand a better way forward to ensure we have policies, systems and supports so all children have what they need to grow up healthy and succeed.
Deborah Stein, Network Director
John Brandon, Board Co-Chair
Tasha Green Cruzat, Board Co-Chair and Racial and Ethnic Equity Committee Co-Chair
Mayra Alvarez, Racial and Ethnic Equity Committee Co-Chair
Many members of the Partnership for America's Children have also issued statements of their own. Please find them linked below:


The 2019 Florette Angel Memorial Child Advocacy Award was presented to Paola Maranan. The full award announcement highlights Paola's dynamic leadership as Executive Director of Children's Alliance, mentor to many, and advocate for mitigating barriers of racim and poverty for children.  

Paola Maranan, winner of the 2019 Florette Angel award, with Partnership Board Co-Chairs  John Brandon and Tasha Green Cruzat

Paola Maranan, winner of the 2019 Florette Angel Award, with nominator Lauren Necochea of Voices for Idaho Children, and nomination  supporters Ken Taylor of Kids Forward (Wisconsin) and Annie McKay, Kansas Action for Children.


We are featured in Mediaplanet’s Community Development campaign covering topics ranging from affordable housing in the U.S. to highlighting the organizations making a difference in underserved communities throughout America.

The editorial "Want healthy kids? Cover their parents" by Deborah Stein, Network Director, and members Michelle Hughes (NC Child) and Denise Tanata (Children's Advocacy Alliance) is available here.

The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on Sept. 26th, 2018 and is published online. For the full campaign, visit: