On August 1, 2018, NHMC joined more than 140 hundred organizations in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in urging the Census Bureau to remove the proposed citizenship status question from the 2020 Census. The comments explain why the proposed citizenship question will not only increase the cost of the 2020 Census, it has no credible or widely-accepted evidence of utility.
The decision to add the citizenship question has circumvented a long-standing, comprehensive process for determining what should be included on the decennial census. As John Abowd, Associate Director for Research and Methodology, stated in a memorandum to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, “Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census would have an adverse impact on self-response and, as a result, on the accuracy and quality of the 2020 Census.”
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