The Trump Administration announced that in 2020 – for the first time since 1950 – the census will collect information on citizenship. The census is a critical part of our democracy. It determines how nearly $800 billion of federal funding is allocated, how districts are reapportioned, how many electoral votes each state receives, and more. This proposed change is not only unnecessary, but it is also another example of a policy targeting immigrant communities by decreasing the likelihood they will participate in the census out of fear.
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Re: Comments on Proposed Information Collection on 2020 Census, Docket No. USBC-2018-0005
As a member of National Council of Jewish Women, I am writing to urge you to remove the proposed citizenship question from the 2020 census. We know that an untested citizenship question will be especially harmful for immigrant communities that have been living in fear of deportation in this hostile political climate. The proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census will exacerbate immigrants’ fears and decrease their participation in the census. This will threaten the integrity of the census by undercounting already marginalized populations.
The census is a critical part of our democracy. It determines how nearly $800 billion of federal funding is allocated, how districts are reapportioned, how many electoral votes each state receives, and more.
A full, fair, and accurate census is absolutely critical for our community. For the reasons discussed above, we strongly oppose asking about citizenship status in the 2020 Census and urge the Department of Commerce to remove the proposed citizenship question from the data collection forms.
Thank you for considering these comments.