Citizenship is a question worth asking, but not by this president

Citizenship is a question worth asking, but not by this president

Citizenship is a question worth asking, but not by this president

SANDERS, on the Trump administration's decision to ask people about their citizenship in the 2020 census: "This is a question that's been included in every census since 1965 with the exception of 2010, when it was removed".

The real reason for the citizenship question, critics say, is to whittle down the population count in predominantly urban Democratic regions, often home to large immigrant populations. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Census Bureau shared personally identifying information including the name, address, citizenship and country of origin of Japanese-Americans with the War and Justice Departments.

While the reaction to the citizenship question is falling largely along party lines, Camarota said, on the surface, it is reasonable to wonder if it will lead to fewer responses and less accurate data.

These actions fly in the face of centuries of bipartisan consensus on the importance of a precise and reliable Census count, which is required by the United States Constitution.

In addition, while smaller population surveys can be adjusted statistically to account for people who don't respond, the decennial census is an actual hard count of the population. (Lawmakers largely ignored his request last week when they increased the bureau's budget by $1.34 billion, about twice as much as he had sought.) The administration also has undermined the Census Bureau by failing to nominate a leader for the agency since its last permanent director left last summer.

Civil rights groups and state attorney generals have charged that the change is politically motivated and will result in a detrimental undercount.

Amid fears of deportation and heightened immigration raids, many households may refuse to participate in the census, officials cautioned. He said legally the census has nothing to do with a person citizenship.

"Citizenship serves no statistical objective in the U.S. Census".

Ross' announcement followed a December request from the Department of Justice, which asked for a citizenship question to be added.

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Ron Jarmin, the acting director of the Census Bureau, defended adding the question to the 2020 census.

That question is are you a citizen or not?

The last census in 2010 put the USA population at almost 309 million. The bureau is now conducting research in four areas that focus on the major cost drivers of the decennial census.

The list of proposed questions, which are included in the document at the end of this article, contains each question and a little bit of information about each one.

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

IL is among a dozen states planning to sue the administration to get the question removed from the census. The Census Bureau's less-accurate American Community Survey, done yearly, does ask the question, along with others about respondents' birth countries and when foreign-born respondents arrived here.

The decennial census influences political representation in Congress and federal funding for an assortment of programs. The information it gathered helped to establish the United States as we know it today.

"I wouldn't answer any questions before", she said as she made her way to work on Tuesday.

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