Last minute addition of citizenship question puts census 2020 at serious risk

On March 26, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce agreed to a Department of Justice request, and announced a last minute decision to add an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census questionnaire. On March 29, the Census Bureau submitted the questionnaire to Congress with the citizenship question.

By adopting a major change to the Census form without any sound advance testing, the Department has violated settled Census Bureau policy. The addition of any question at this moment in time will have catastrophic consequences for Latinos and all Americans, sabotaging the fundamental Constitutional mandate that the Census obtain a complete count of all the nation’s residents.