Statement Regarding President’s Executive Order About Census

On July 21, President Trump issued an executive order to exclude some residents from the 2020 Census count.

Statement from OK Policy: 

The Constitution requires that every person living in our nation must be counted through the Census. Today’s executive order undermines this clear directive and runs counter to our nation’s governing document. This order is steeped in racism and merely serves as a political distraction from the important work that must be done to ensure an accurate Census count this year. Our communities depend on an accurate Census count in order to secure Oklahoma’s fair share of federal funding. Today’s order will make that Census work harder by further dividing our nation and by sowing seeds of distrust about our government within hard-to-count communities.

If they have not already done so, we encourage Oklahomans to complete their confidential Census response either online or by phone. Learn more at

Everyone living in Oklahoma is valued and must be counted in the 2020 Census.


David Hamby has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning communicator, including overseeing communication programs for Oklahoma higher education institutions and other organizations. Before joining OK Policy, he was director of public relations for Rogers State University where he managed the school’s external communication programs and served as a member of the president’s leadership team. He served in a similar communications role for five years at the University of Tulsa. He also has worked in communications roles at Oklahoma State University and the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas. He joined OK Policy in October 2019.

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