United States census to check 'citizenship'

United States census to check 'citizenship'

United States census to check 'citizenship'

But advocates for immigrants, and for states like MA with large immigrant populations, said immigrants would be less likely to fill out the census if they had to answer a question on citizenship.

The federal government bases a large amount of its spending decisions on census data. It could even affect the Electoral College, which is based on the size of each state's congressional delegation.

Academic and economic research depends on census data: Researchers in a wide range of academic fields rely on the data to conduct their analyses, which often help form public policy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Tuesday slamming a decision to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 U.S. Census.

"The census numbers provide the backbone for planning how our communities can grow and thrive in the coming decade", Becerra said in a statement on Monday.

Ross said the higher cost of having to do more follow-ups in the case of a lower response rate was a factor he considered, but that "the need for accurate citizenship data" outweighs concerns about the potential for fewer responses.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House "supports" the decision but it "was made at the department level".

All the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have written the Justice Department questioning its motivation, saying they are "deeply troubled" by the request and the impact it would have.

That claim muddies the waters between different surveys, however.

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"We are glad to stand with NY and the other participating states in challenging this unnecessary question regarding citizenship status - both to protect New Jersey residents and ensure a fair and accurate census", Grewal said.

The last time such a question was on the decennial census was 1950, though the question is on the annual American Community Survey, which reaches several million people. A citizenship question is a late addition to the census as other census questions have already been announced.

Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea - it is illegal.

The State of California, which has a large immigrant population, filed a lawsuit early Tuesday in federal court against the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau.

If the change goes ahead, the effects would begin to be felt after the 2020 presidential election, which will still rely on lines drawn up after 2010. "If you drive those people out of the Census, the outcome is that they're not in it".

Scientists use census data to understand the distribution of diseases and health concerns such as cancer and obesity across the United States population, including drilling down to race and ethnicity to identify health patterns across demographics. University of California, Berkeley professor and demographer Kenneth W. Yachter notes that the data it offers could help a school board decide whether or not an additional elementary school needs to be built in a particular district.

Bercerra says this will "derail the integrity of the census". "The census is really the vehicle on which a lot of our country's economic life functions".

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked a U.S. court to place an injunction on the question.

California's Attorney General has already announced that they're suing over the question. Multiple previous directors of the Census Bureau have warned against adding a question about immigration status back to the Census. Mr Trump's rhetoric and his efforts to end an Obama-era programme that shielded unauthorised "dreamer" immigrants from deportation have increased fears among many people living in the U.S. illegally. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, another New York Democrat, has also sponsored legislation to block it. Legislation that specifically addresses the citizenship question has also been introduced in the Senate. "California simply has too much to lose for us to allow the Trump Administration to botch this important decennial obligation". This decision, they fear, could be yet another hindrance. "And the reality is that such a question would only do harm", Grewal said.

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