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 February 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.
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.
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