United States to add citizenship question in 2020 Census: Commerce Dept

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The presidential administration's decision to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, already the target of lawsuits and broad criticism by statistics authorities, drew a new opponent Friday: the experts who advise the Census Bureau itself.

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 objective outweighed the limited potential adverse impacts.

However, Ross said the commerce department was unable to determine how the citizen question would affect responsiveness.

The U.S. Constitution requires that all residents of the United States be counted every 10 years. This comes just as many Puerto Ricans have left the island for the mainland after a shamefully lacking response by the Trump administration to deal with the prolonged, post-Hurricane Maria blackouts that continue there.

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Hillygus' comments on Thursday highlight a different type of concern, a worry that the reliability and accuracy of census data, relied on by policymakers, academics and businesses to inform their work, could be compromised.

As for the point Sanders made about the citizenship question's being dropped in the one census that took place on President Barack Obama's watch, the question wasn't asked because no long-form questionnaire was sent out in 2010.

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As for me, I will leave the citizenship question blank.

She accused Trump of trying to rig the 2020 Census in a way that undermines residents' civil rights, leads to cuts in funding for important federal programs and distorts redistricting of voting districts. Critics charge the question is motivated by the president's desire to uproot or de-legitimize non-citizens. The long-form version provides substantial data about the living conditions, work history and education of the USA population, which are supplemented by periodic smaller surveys undertaken by the bureau to collect such information. Distribution of federal money is sometimes based on population, so areas with higher proportions of undocumented immigrants could lose out.

As for the upcoming 2020 census, Gonzalez expects many people will be offended by the citizenship question.

The citizenship question already appears on the bureau's American Community Survey, an annual count that reaches a smaller number of households. In the extreme case, an inaccurate count could cost North Carolina a 14th congressional seat - something we are otherwise almost certain to receive.

The city's population growth was noted in new estimates the Census Bureau released last week for cities, counties and towns across the country.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that the decision to gather citizenship data is "necessary for the Department of Justice to protect voters".

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.

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