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Department of Commerce reinstates citizenship question for 2020 census


This news story was published on March 28, 2018.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Commerce this week announced that a question on citizenship status will be reinstated to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire to help enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Secretary Ross’s decision follows a request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 decennial census.

Please click HERE to view the memorandum directing the Census Bureau to reinstate a question on citizenship to the 2020 decennial census.

The citizenship question will be the same as the one that is asked on the yearly American Community Survey (ACS).  Citizenship questions have also been included on prior decennial censuses.  Between 1820 and 1950, almost every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in some form.  Today, surveys of sample populations, such as the Current Population Survey and the ACS, continue to ask a question on citizenship.

On December 12, 2017, DOJ requested that the Census Bureau reinstate a citizenship question on the decennial census to provide census block level citizenship voting age population (CVAP) data that is not currently available from government surveys. DOJ and the courts use CVAP data for the enforcement of Section 2 of the VRA, which protects minority voting rights.

Having citizenship data at the census block level will permit more effective enforcement of the VRA, and Secretary Ross determined that obtaining complete and accurate information to meet this legitimate government purpose outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts.

Congress delegated to the Secretary of Commerce the authority to determine questions to be asked on the decennial census. The Census Act requires the list of decennial census questions be submitted to Congress no later than March 31, 2018.

Following receipt of the DOJ request, the Department of Commerce immediately initiated a comprehensive review process led by the Census Bureau, prioritizing the goal of obtaining complete and accurate data.

After a thorough review of the legal, program, and policy considerations, as well as numerous discussions with Census Bureau leadership, Members of Congress, and interested stakeholders, Secretary Ross has determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data.

As reported by the New York Times, up to a dozen states signaled that they would sue to block the Trump administration from adding the citizenship question to the census, “arguing that the change would cause an undercount of the population and violate the Constitution.”

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6 Responses to Department of Commerce reinstates citizenship question for 2020 census

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Why is Good Friday not a school holiday ? Answer – liberal democraps running our government reprogramming of children do not want these kids to have a christian faith or for that matter no morals or sense of responsibility . California sheeple only.

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    I Should Know Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 8:21 am

    If the census question about citizenship causes immigrants (both legal and illegal) to avoid participating in the census, western Iowa will likely be undercounted and could lead to the loss of another Iowa congressional seat. And it could be Steve King’s seat.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Deep state demorats took question out – Anti American slimeballs.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    No way !! You mean you have to be a citizen of the United States to be counted for the census !! Well if we do that California and other states who ignore Federal law will have to pay for all their sanctuary decisions themselves. Wow it makes sense … liberals are sooooo stupid.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Great idea. It never should have been taken out.