Moreover, President Trump's reelection campaign sent an email to potential contributors asking them to weigh in on the President's desire to add the citizenship question before Secretary Ross made his final decision. We will not answer the citizenship question.
"Even if there is some impact on responses, the value of more complete and accurate data derived from surveying the entire population outweighs such concerns".
The objective of the U.S. census isn't to help authorities go out hunting for undocumented immigrants nor to discriminate when doling out tax-dollars based on whether you're a resident or a citizen.
Ross' announcement followed a December request from the Department of Justice, which asked for a citizenship question to be added.
By Constitutional requirement, the census is taken at the beginning of every decade.
Further, we are concerned that the addition of the citizenship question is tainted by improper political considerations.
"The possibility that the Census could give my information to internal security and immigration could come and arrest me for not having documents terrifies me", one respondent told Mikelyn Meyers, a researcher at the Census Bureau, last year. Since the under-enumerated groups are more likely to live in urban areas, congressional and state legislature representation based on a flawed census would become more slanted toward rural and small-town areas.
A new 2020 decennial census policy means some 24.3 million people could skip answering the critical form if they believe their names and other personal information could be shared with law enforcement, according to a Brookings Institute analysis released Friday.
"This is not a common-sense addition to the census, in fact it is a risky, alarming and deeply political move, opposed by the American Sociological Association, civil rights groups, six former Census Bureau directors from both Republican and Democratic administrations, more than 161 mayors, 19 state Attorneys General and Members of Congress", the representative wrote. The first four categories were citizens: born in the USA, born in a territory of the US, born overseas to American parents or naturalized.
"Every year, we do what's called the American Community Survey", Camarota said. That's double what the Trump administration had requested, and GOP lawmakers said the bump would allow for adequate preparation for the decennial census.
As a result of the 2010 Census, Washington state, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Georgia and SC gained one seat each in the House while Texas gained four seats and Florida two seats.This did not occur without effect.
While the various parties are going to court over the citizenship question, to many observers, it's as much a political battle as a legal one.
Introducing an additional, untested question so late in the census life cycle is concerning to demographers and social scientists, who like me, rely on the census as a key source of information about how and why our population is changing.
State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick, East New York, Ocean Hill/Brownsville) echoed the same sentiments calling the move a "farce", describing the change as a misplaced belief in ethical reasoning.
But in 2010, and in subsequent years, the ACS did not include the citizenship question.
What sort of country would it be, they argue, that can't determine precisely how many citizens it has.