• The Census is constitutionally mandated to count every person in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, and the counts of all persons are used in determining a state’s number of congressional seats, legislative district lines, and funding levels for many federal grant programs to states or localities. Many advocates and state officials are highly critical of the Trump administration’s announced intention to include a question on citizenship, believing that in the midst of heightened anti-immigrant enforcement activities and policies, including a citizenship question on the Census will discourage people from returning the Census form. This is likely to worsen the undercount of low-income people, people of color, and children. In the 2010 Census, children were significantly undercounted.


    Citizenship Question Jeopardizes Census Accuracy, Undermines Funding Progress (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 03/29/18)

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