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 [19659005] 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 @SecretaryRoss @uscensusbureau

– US Department of Commerce (@CommerceGov) March 27, 2018