NHMC Joins Over 300 Civil Rights, Faith, and Labor Leaders to Demand Oversight on Census Citizenship Question

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – the groups asked for lawmakers to compel Secretary Ross to address the following issues before finalizing the questionnaire:

  • Why he made this decision despite widespread objections from stakeholders, former Census Bureau directors, and career staff at the Census Bureau;
  • Why he believes the citizenship question is “well-tested” when it has never been tested in a contemporary census-like environment; and
  • How the inclusion of this controversial question will impact the bureau’s ability to reach and count all communities equally well, especially when the current environment of fear continues to plague immigrant communities.
“The decennial census is not a political function; it is a constitutionally mandated process to count every person in the United States,” the letter states. “While the census—as the basis for political apportionment and equal representation—has political consequences, the conduct of the census must be strictly nonpartisan and non-political.” Full list of signatories: 18MillionRising.org 9to5 WI 9to5, National Association of Working Women AcademyHealth ACCESS Access Now Action Ridge, A social action group in Park Ridge, Illinois Adhikaar Advancement Project California Advocates for Children and Youth Advocates for Children and Youth (Maryland) AFL-CIO African American Ministers In Action AgeOptions AJC (American Jewish Committee) Alianza Americas Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) American Anthropological Association American Association for Public Opinion Research American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Civil Liberties Union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) American Foundation for the Blind American Library Association American Planning Association American Public Health Association American Society on Aging American Sociological Association American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Anti-Defamation League APACEvotes APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) Arab American Institute The Arc of the United States Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York (ART) Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Arkansas United Community Coalition Asia Pacific Cultural Center Asian American Federation Asian American Organizing Project Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote Asian Community Alliance Inc Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) Asian Law Alliance Asian Pacific American Caucus Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Asian Pacific Community in Action Asian Pacific Development Center Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Austin TX Chapter Asian Services In Action, Inc. 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