This is the first article in a short series that gives highlights and updates regarding hot button immigration issues.
The Citizenship Question
On March 26, 2018 Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, announced the intention of adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census. His reasoning for this change is to root out violations of the Voters Rights Act by monitoring voter demographics.
Resistance/ Responses Taking Place
Avenues of Advocacy Remaining
There are still more actions that can be taken today to prevent having a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Some of those include:
And if at the end there is a citizenship question on the 2020 census individuals should:
The Times Editorial Board. “Asking for Citizenship Status Politicizes the Census and Imperils an Accurate Count.” Los Angeles TImes, 29 Mar. 2018, www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-census-citizenship-20180329-story.html.
“Attorney General Schneiderman To Lead Multistate Lawsuit To Preserve Fair And Accurate Census.” Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood, New York State Attorney General , 27 Mar. 2018, ag.ny.gov/press-release/attorney-general-schneiderman-lead-multistate-lawsuit-preserve-fair-and-accurate.
Clark, Dartunorro. “Trump Wants to Ask about Citizenship on the Census. Here's Why the U.S. Stopped in 1960.” NBC News, 17 Apr. 2018, www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-wants-ask-about-citizenship-census-here-s-why-u-n864246.
Freking, Kevin. “NAACP Files Lawsuit over 2020 Census.” PBS News Hour, 28 Mar. 2018, www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/naacp-files-lawsuit-over-2020-census.
Jordan , Miriam. “If Census Asks About Citizenship, Some Already Have an Answer: No Comment.” New York Times, 27 Mar. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/us/census-undocumented-immigrants.html.
Quinn, Melissa. “ACLU Sues Trump Administration over Census Citizenship Question.” Washington Examiner, 6 June 2018, www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/aclu-sues-trump-administration-over-census-citizenship-question.
Weiser, Wendy, and Thomas Wolf. “Why The Census Asking About Citizenship Is Such A Problem.” Huffington Post , 27 Mar. 2018, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-weiser-wolf-census-citizenship_us_5aba6334e4b054d118e74f3f.
Advocacy & Programming Intern at Racially Just Utah