Tell Secretary Ross: No Citizenship Question

Oppose the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

Take Action: Submit a comment opposing the addition of the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

In March, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with the support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ anti-immigrant Department of Justice, announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Adding this question to the census form that goes to all households will discourage participation and threatens the accuracy of the count.  Make no mistake about it – this is a blatant attempt to undermine the 2020 Census and the latest attack on the immigrant community by this administration.  Recently released documents reveal that career staff at the Census
Bureau warned the political leadership at the Commerce Department that the inclusion of a citizenship question would depress census response rates, increase costs, and diminish the quality of census data.  The documents also reveal that the citizenship question was added to advance the agenda of operatives like Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach.

This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities, and bad for America.  Here is our chance to let Secretary Ross know that he needs to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.

A number of states and civil rights organizations have already sued to ensure there is no citizenship question.  The public can also weigh in about the misguided decision.

The constitutionally-mandated census, conducted every ten years, provides data in determining fair political representation; directs the allocation of key resources to states, localities, and families; and helps businesses decide where to build and grow.
The reason to oppose the citizenship question is simple—this decision sacrifices the integrity, fairness, and accuracy of the census.

Tell Secretary Wilbur Ross that adding the citizenship question is a terrible idea.
Take Action: Oppose the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census!  Sample language provided at the link below! 


* Shared call to action from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights