The US Public has until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday 8/7 to comment on the proposed addition of a Citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Do it. Here’s the link.
Trump officials pushed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Census Bureau to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to share their citizenship status.
In the Era of Trump, when there is constant news about building the wall, detaining immigrants, ICE raids & family separation, it doesn’t take a social scientist to understand that undocumented immigrants (and even legal immigrants) would feel great apprehension about completing and returning a survey that asked them to declare their citizenship status.
This is the entire point of the proposed question. The Constitution very specifically requires a regular census to count the number of “persons” in the US, not the number of “citizens”. Inclusion of this question is intended to depress responses from the immigrant community. Why? Because Census data is used to apportion both federal funding for critical programs and the number of US representatives for each state.
If the census under-counts the number of people living in large, typically blue states, resources and representations will get reallocated to smaller, more rural red states.
This NY Times analysis, for example, suggests that California may lose four US Congressional seats due to under-counting related to the citizenship question. Oh, and this affects the number of electoral votes states are allotted during presidential elections, too.
States are fighting back against this question by filing suit against the Trump Administration. One key piece of information the courts may look at is how the US public feels about this question.
The formal way to share your perspective on this question is to submit a comment with regulations.gov. The comment period for this ends in just over 24 hours as of this writing.
PLEASE take two minutes to go to the site linked below and comment. So far, the government had received just over 30,000 comments. Let’s add a few thousand in the remaining hours to help out the pending litigation.
Here is the LINK TO THE SITE. Go there and click on the “Comment” button:
All you have to say is:
I strongly oppose the proposed addition of a question to the 2020 Census that asks people to share their citizenship status. Please do not include the proposed question.
Feel free to embellish. Here is what I just submitted:
Please do this. Please share this post on social media and encourage friends and family to submit comments as well.