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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.
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.
North Carolina is one of seventeen states including the District of Columbia and six cities to sue the U.S. government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional.
President Donald Trump wants to add an additional question to the 2020 Census: “Are you a citizen of the United States?" Some North Carolina officials and activists feel that putting a citizenship question on the U.S. census is a big deal that could impact participation.
Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that a question on citizenship status will be reinstated to the 2020 decennial census questionnaire to help enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Secretary Ross’s decision follows a request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 decennial census.
Census advocates got an unexpected surprise Wednesday night when the House’s $1.3 trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2018 included more funding for the Census Bureau than they had expected or even dreamed of asking for. The bill, which the House passed on Thursday, allocates $2.814 billion for the Census Bureau, nearly double the 2017 funding level of $1.47 billion, and $1.13 billion more than the administration’s adjusted request for 2018.