Would a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census Reduce Response Rates? Part 2

The Commence Department announced yesterday that the 2020 Census will include a citizenship question. In a blog post published earlier that day, we discussed the concern that adding this question might reduce the response rates in immigrant communities, potentially leading to an increased undercount, especially given the Trump administration’s emphasis on immigration enforcement. Several news stories repeated this concern yesterday. In our prior blog post we reported that there has been no increase in the share of people who refuse to take part in the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey (ACS) (which asks…

Secretary Nielsen Enters Agreements With Mexican Officials To Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relationship

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Mexico City, Mexico to meet with her Mexican counterparts to discuss economic and national security issues affecting both the United States and Mexico. In separate bilateral meetings with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso and Secretary of Interior Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary Nielsen discussed a range of national security issues including the importance and success of joint operations at the border, such as increased seizures, and improved information sharing. They also discussed the need for infrastructure improvements…

Trump Administration to Deliberately Undercount Illegal Immigrants in 2020 Census

CNNThe Department of Commerce last night announced that the 2020 Census will, for the first time since 1950, ask all respondents whether they are a legal resident of the United States. The move has already been met with a lawsuit from the state of California, and pre-emptively denounced by five former directors of the Census Bureau as putting “the accuracy of the enumeration and success of the census in all communities at grave risk.” The official justification for the move, as enumerated by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a memo,…

California sues Trump administration over Census citizenship question

CLOSE The Trump administration’s decision to ask people about their citizenship in the 2020 Census set off worries that non-citizens will dodge the survey altogether, diluting political representation for states that tend to vote Democratic. (March 27) AP In this file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.(Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP) California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Tuesday for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the latest volley in a feud between Sacramento and Washington over federal immigration policies. The Commerce…