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Researchers are warning of the consequences of undercounting young Latino children in next year's census, especially in North Carolina. By some estimates, Latinos make up about 1 in 5 children in the state. A lot hinges on an accurate census count, from political representation to billions of dollars in federal funding.
Preparations for the 2020 Census are underway in North Carolina, one of the fastest growing states in the nation poised to get another congressional seat after the decennial count. Many organizations representing immigrant communities were upset and worried when the Trump Administration tried to add a citizenship question to the Census. A federal judge in New York ruled against the proposed language, calling it "unlawful. Stacey Carless, executive director of the NC Counts Coalition, says the 2020 Census count won’t be easy with the cut in federal funding for the Census and the debate over citizenship questions. But she says there will be a team on the ground.
The Census takes place in April 2020, and conversations are already starting to make sure North Carolina gets a fair representation. The N.C. Counts Coalition is holding a meeting Friday morning to prepare for next year. Census numbers are key in determining how to distribute federal money for things like schools and roads.
A federal judge in New York has ruled against the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the administration to stop its plans to include the controversial question on forms for the upcoming national head count "without curing the legal defects" the judge identified in his opinion released on Tuesday.
On January 31, 2019, join the N.C. Counts Coalition for a conference bringing together a broad set of stakeholders from across the State – including racial, ethnic, immigrant, housing, education, health, labor, business, social service organizations, funders, as well as state and local elected officials. Not only will the conference be an ideal opportunity to discuss the upcoming decennial Census in a comprehensive way for those deep in the throes of Census planning, but it will also be an educational opportunity for many community-based organizations and organizers who are new to this work - to understand why preparation for the 2020 Census begins now.
Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order 79 to establish the North Carolina Complete Count Commission and named members to the Commission to help achieve the most accurate and complete count of North Carolina’s residents in the upcoming decennial census in 2020.
How do you warn people about potential problems with the 2020 Census while also encouraging them to participate in it? That was the question civil rights advocates and a demographic expert discussed Wednesday during a panel hosted at the Junior League of Raleigh. Panelists spoke about data privacy concerns now that the upcoming census can be submitted online. They also criticized the federal government's plans to add a citizenship question to the census, saying immigrants and others will be less likely to participate. If they are undercounted, that will reduce their political representation and federal funding to their communities.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross received advance warning that his plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census would stir controversy, according to a Duke professor who served on the Census Scientific Advising Committee. D. Sunshine Hillygus, professor of political science and director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology, said the committee sent Ross an official recommendation urging him to abandon the idea. Despite the committee’s suggestion, Ross announced on March 26 that the 2020 census would inquire about citizenship at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice.
It’s a simple enough question: Are you a citizen of the United States? The motivation for the Census Bureau to ask about citizenship seems straightforward – just count the number of non-citizens in the US. Unfortunately like so many things that have to do with human behavior, it’s complicated. Many experts believe non-citizens will simply stop and not participate in the Census at all if it includes a citizenship question.
Last week, the Trump administration decided that the next census would ask every person in the country about their citizenship. An uproar followed. Minority communities will bear the most immediate brunt; indeed, some believe that’s the very reason for the change. But the related assumption — that the decision benefits Republicans — may be strikingly myopic.