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Citizenship Question will Hurt

Census Accuracy

In March, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. 

The reason to oppose the citizenship question is simple. Adding the question sacrifices the integrity, fairness, and accuracy of the census. Asking every household and every person in the country about their citizenship status – when there is no need to do so – will cause fear and may cause hundreds of thousands of people in our communities to avoid the census. It also increases the risk of an even greater undercount of communities that are already historically undercounted. Not only that, but The Department of Justice does not actually need this data. The Census Bureau regularly collects citizenship and immigration-related information from a representative sample of households and the citizenship question has not been asked on the census form sent to all households since 1950. 

 Please help us demonstrate that there is a strong public voice against this decision by telling Secretary Wilbur Ross to rescind his request to add the citizenship question by sending a letter to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer. The Department of Commerce is accepting public comments until August 7th, 2018. Take action here