2020 census to add question on citizenship status

30 March, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Copies of the 2010 Census forms in Phoenix. The 2020 U.S. Census will add a question about citizenship status a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats who said it would intimidate

Or, given that participation in the Census is mandatory under law, they might be entrapped in misrepresenting themselves to the government.

"Where was this person born?" At least, that's more believable than the notion of Trump and Sessions attempting to protect minority voting rights. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev, said in a statement.

In order to get an accurate count of residents in the country, it is important that all efforts are being made to ensure that all households and individuals-native- and foreign-born alike-are actually being surveyed.

However, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, applauded the change.

The decennial census helps determine political representation in Congress, federal funding of programs and other matters.

Nevada won a fourth House seat after the 2010 census. Adding that "neither the Census Bureau nor the concerned stakeholders could document that the response rate would in fact decline materially".

The NAACP on Wednesday also announced it was planning to sue, and it broadened its concerns to highlight worries about the overall process, which it says would lead the federal government to "substantially undercount African Americans and other people of color in communities throughout the United States, causing inequalities in political representation and deficiencies in federal funding of those communities". "When there's a question about citizenship, people are less likely to take part, leading to a flawed data set for decisions impacting their community", he said.

The U.S. Commerce Department announced earlier this week that it will ask about citizenship in the 2020 census at the request of the Justice Department.

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The administration's action was made following a request by the Justice Department, which suggested that the question be reinstated in an attempt to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.

"What the Trump Administration is doing, is sending chills down the spine of every immigrant in Texas, and the country", said Jessica Azua with the Texas Organizing Project.

The citizenship question drew strong rhetorical and legal fire from Democratic leaders. States already have access to much of the immigration data through federal sources, Nimni added, and any need for the information is outweighed by the "chilling effect" brought about by asking the question.

Immigrant advocates, however, fear the question will deter New York immigrants from answering truthfully, said New York Immigration Coalition executive director Steven Choi.

"The census is supposed to count everyone", said Attorney General Maura Healey of MA. Only in the U.S.is this considered at all controversial - and it shouldn't be. Attorney General Becerra - along with Secretary of State Alex Padilla - published an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle highlighting how high the stakes are for California. More defendants may be added later, Becerra's office said.

GOP politicians tended to support the citizenship question. "A question on citizenship is a reasonable, commonsense addition to the census".

The Commerce Department must submit its list of questions on the Census form to Congress by March 31.

"It seems like such a ridiculously commonsense proposal. Right now, you just don't know". If the question is unlawful, presumably they would have. He explained that Census findings are used by businesses to determine future investments in a community.

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