Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Jeopardizes Accuracy, South Bay Officials Caution

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Critics contend that asking the question will inhibit participation among immigrants who are nervous about government queries in a highly charged political environment.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ordered the citizenship question added to the census Monday, days before the Sunday deadline to submit a final list of questions to Congress for review.

Richmond's population peaked at around 250,000 people in 1970, largely due to an annexation, and then began falling as "white flight" accelerated as the last barriers to school integration were dismantled and African-Americans also gained political control of City Hall.

"The question is, does the benefit you get by asking this question offset the risk that you might reduce the quality of Census Bureau data?" As the Census Bureau points out, "It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or business.?.?. the FBI and other government entities do not have the legal right to access this information".

Even Ross acknowledged in an October House hearing that adding questions to the census reduced response rates because "the more things you ask in those forms, the less likely you are to get them in".

"I know that no parent in my neighborhood is going to be opening the door for anyone doing a survey", said Morio, 32, a stucco plasterer helping to erect a multimillion-dollar home in Los Angeles.

Undercounting people in the decennial census has serious implications.

The question about one's age has been asked since 1790 and says that answers to it "provide the data that help us understand the size of different age groups and how other characteristics may vary by age".

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He argued that the move will undercut the Constitutional requirement of taking an accurate census, as illegal immigrants could be reluctant to participate if they have to admit their lack of citizenship. When important decisions are being made about how our democracy functions based on census data, we need accurate and reliable population counts.

He says a citizenship question could hurt IL due to the high number of non-citizens living in the state.

The state's 1 million Latinos now account for about 9 percent of Georgia's population. Those fears are more than justified with all the stories of Trump's goon squads terrifying hardworking, taxpaying immigrant and minority families.

California Attorney General Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday.

Barbara Anderson, a sociology professor at the University of MI and chair of CSAC, questioned how one could say that asking about citizenship on the ACS was an adequate substitute for testing it on the decennial census.

Democrats have introduced legislation to block questions of citizenship or immigration status from being included in the census.

Immigrants and those who live with immigrants are troubled by confidentiality and data-sharing aspects of the count, Mikelyn Meyers, a researcher at the Census Bureau's Center for Survey Measurement, told a meeting of the bureau's National Advisory Committee in November.

Once an unauthorized immigrant, Gladis Perez benefited from a 1986 amnesty program to legalize her status. Also without explanation: a request that naturalized citizens supply the year of naturalization.

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