The citizenship question is back on the Census 2020
Robert Groves, director of the US Census Bureau, discusses the first results of the 201
0 Census during a press conference on December 21, 2010 in Washington, DC The United States population was added 308,745,538 listed, which calculated to a 9.7% increase, the slowest growth rate since the Great Depression. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images)
The Commerce Department has reintroduced a citizenship issue for the 2020 Census, a measure some argue can be counterproductive to obtaining accurate figures of who lives in the United States  The US Census Bureau counts every 10 years the total number of people in the country – not the total number of citizens. Although it does not usually ask for a person's citizenship status, the Ministry of Justice asked the agency at the end of last year to include the question.
The census count is used to redraw congressional districts so that they can influence the composition of the congress. 19659006] US Department of Commerce announces reinstatement of citizenship issue to 2020 decadence https://t.co/7kDrpX41M1 @SecretaryRoss @uscensusbureau
– US Department of Commerce (@CommerceGov) March 27, 2018
In a statement released on Monday evening, the Department of Commerce said the question was added to enforce the electoral law, pointing out that earlier 1950 census surveys repeatedly asked citizenship issues.
Critics were quick to blow up the department's justification, saying the move was intended to understate immigrants and minorities.
In recent weeks, congressmen, mayors and civil rights activists have stepped up their efforts to urge federal officials around the issue to reject and asked Trade Minister Wilbur Ross to refuse the request.
"This is not the time to throw in anything at the last minute and try anything, especially something that is so flammable that it could affect people's willingness to participate," said Terry Ao Minnis, chief executive the Census and Voting Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Minnis and other opponents say that the question is unnecessary and leads to an inaccurate count, as some people might be afraid to fill out the form.
On March 15, a group of 10 US Senators sent a letter to John Gore, Deputy Attorney General, asking him about his involvement in the CBS request for the citizenship question and what role the White House played and other entities were playing.
The Senators wrote: "We are deeply concerned, not just because of the request for a citizenship question, but because of the impact of such a question would report on the accuracy of the 2020 census."
They wrote that they feared that such a question would "restrict participation among immigrants and those living in mixed households."
Late morning, Vanita Gupta, President. www.germnews.de/archive/gn/1995/02/12.html The Chairperson of the Senior Civil and Human Rights Conference said: "This temporary, unnecessary and unchecked civic issue will disrupt planning at a critical juncture, undermine years of careful preparation and significantly increase costs, which will be successful (19659005)" The question is unnecessarily intrusive and is a source of concern for all households – domestic and foreign-born citizens and non-citizens Information that is provided to the government and how government agencies can use that information, "the statement added.
Some advocates add that it is a modest change and say the opposition is exaggerated.
"The Trump administration is simply trying to get accurate information about the American people," wrote Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow of the Conservative Heritage Foundation, in an interview in the US TODAY last month. "It is not new, previous censuses have asked this question, and the hostility to this limited reform is exaggerated, although unfortunately it is to be expected."
The Agency has until 31 March to ask questions to the Congress.
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