Census Policy Update on Citizenship Data and the Administration’s Executive Order
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus provided this policy update regarding President Trump’s announcement that there will not be a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census. He also issued an executive order directing the Commerce Department to gather citizenship information from government data sources. This has raised some questions: What does the executive order mean? What has changed? Is census information still confidential? This policy update has answers to these questions and additional information on the executive order.
This June 15 article looks at some of the work being done to inform immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley about Census 2020. Sierra Health Foundation Senior Program Officer Cindy Quezada is featured in the article.
According to a May 7 article by Capital & Main, the risk of leaving residents uncounted in the 2020 Census is already high in states with sizable immigrant populations, but with citizenship questions on the census, any hopes of accuracy will likely be dashed — particularly in California, where the immigrant population is nearly twice the national average and Latinos represent 34 percent of the adult population. Read Census Citizenship Questions Threaten California
Access the San Joaquin Valley Census Research Project reports, which are referenced in the article.
The National Immigration Law Center filed an amicus curie brief in the Supreme Court on April 1. On Feb. 15, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the direct appeal of the New York District Court’s decision prohibiting the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The oral argument will happen mid-April. As was the case with the Amicus brief recently filed in the California case opposing the citizenship question, the new brief includes data from the San Joaquin Valley Census Research Project reports.
Faith in Action Network was announced as Region 4 administrative community-based organization ACBO (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties) and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation was selected as the Region 6 ACBO (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties) Learn more.
An amicus brief authored by the National Immigration Law Center in support of the State of California in California v. Ross, (18-cv-01865-RS) was filed on Feb. 1. The following 18 organizations joined as co-amici in support of the amicus brief: Blue Shield of California Foundation The California Endowment, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, Community Water Center, The Grove Foundation, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Jakara Movement, Latino Community Foundation, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, National Immigration Law Center, Radio Bilingüe, Sierra Health Foundation, United Farm Workers Foundation, and Westside Family Prevention Services Network.
Survey results from this project show that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census would be likely to have a major impact in suppressing census response among San Joaquin Valley Latino immigrants and their social networks, who make up one-third of the region’s total population. Access reports on the San Joaquin Valley Census Research Project web page.
Learn about State and Census Bureau employment opportunities on the CA Census 2020 web site. Interviews are taking place for the Fresno position.
The Census Bureau plans to open 248 area census offices (ACOs) to support the 2020 Census, including in Bakersfield, Merced and Stockton. The ACOs will house the managers, staff, materials and equipment needed to support the hundreds of thousands of Census Bureau employees conducting local census operations, including following up with households that do not respond, counting residents living in group housing and other enumeration operations. Learn more.
This Oct. 12 blog summarizes the status of the six lawsuits challenging the citizenship question on Census 2020, including an explanation of the latest appeals to the Supreme Court.
By Moira Kenney, executive director of First 5 Association of California; John Dobard, associate director of Political Voice at Advancement Project California; and Ted Lempert, president of Children Now.
Recent blogs by Ed Kissam include:
How a Census 2020 Citizenship Question Will Distort the Sociopolitical Geography of the U.S.
Voodoo Science in the Name of Ideology: Why Administrative Records Won’t Compensate for Census Non-Response
Deconstructing the Department of Justice’s “Urgent Need” for a Census 2020 Question on Citizenship
George Washington University released a report on Census-Guided Financial Assistance To Rural America. It includes a state-by-state table showing the six largest census-guided federal assistance programs for rural America. The Census Project issued a press release with a summary of the report’s highlights.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book came out on June 26 with state rankings of how kids are faring. It notes there could be a 2020 Census undercount of more than 1 million children under age 5. This would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical for family stability, child well-being and providing access to opportunity. Patrick McCarthy, the president of the foundation, and Vanita Gupta, the CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, co-authored a USA Today op-ed on June 26 that notes that the 2020 Census is filled with challenges, including inadequate funding, a lack of leadership and the potential of suppressed participation due to a citizenship question and the current political environment.