OUR VIEWPOINT: Citizenship question proper, but unnecessary

Border Patrol agents apprehend illegal immigrants near the US border with Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley Sector near McAllen Texas. – AFP

Advisers for the Census Bureau argue that the Trump administration's decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census was based on "flawed logic" and could lead to an inaccurate count in the census.

"Adding an untested question could seriously impair the Bureau's ability to produce an accurate population count and result in increased costs to the Census".

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 goal outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts. That clause requires the census identify every person in the United States. Usually, the Census Bureau instead asks neighbors about the household in order to get as much accurate information as possible.

Beyond the issue of unequal representation, which cuts to the heart of our democracy, is the specter of turning the decennial census into a political event, replete with rallies and social media blitzes about who should not be counted or thought of as real Americans. That said, it's not altogether a bad question to ask, along with others that help demographers provide more accurate statistical breakdowns of the USA population. The Census Bureau announced the change Thursday in its report to Congress on the questions all US households will see on questionnaires used for the upcoming national headcount.

A new bill dubbed the 2020 Census IDEA (Improved Data and Enhanced Act) would bar the 2020 US census from including any questions about the citizenship status of those being counted, US Congressman Eliot Engel said in a Twitter message.

"The 2020 decennial census is the department's top priority". "And for the approximately 70 percent of non-citizens who already answer this question accurately on the [American Community Survey], the question is no additional imposition".

In 1970, the Census Bureau began sending around two questionnaires: a short-form questionnaire to gather basic population information and a long form that asked detailed questions about everything from household income to plumbing. The results from the Census are required to reapportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Adding to detractors' suspicions is the fact that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was among those urging the president to add the citizenship question.

It's too late to think that the Trump administration will do the right thing and voluntarily drop the citizenship question. For that reason, millions of people - who are either undocumented, have a loved one who is undocumented, or are just members of groups who have been given cause to be fearful under this administration - could skip answering the decennial census this time around.

Sanders said that in 2010 the citizenship question was removed.

What they fear is that asking about citizenship could reduce the population tally of blue states and Democratic congressional districts.

That is all the Census was meant to do: Perform a head count every 10 years so the federal government could make its representation and tax disbursements fair and balanced.

"Every year, we do what's called the American Community Survey", Camarota said.

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