Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Why the 2020 census shouldn’t ask about your citizenship status


Van hook

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that it would add a citizenship question to Census 2020.  Jennifer Van Hook on The Conversation articulates why this is a bad idea:

"I am a social scientist who studies immigration. I have used census data on immigration and citizenship in my research for over two decades, and I have urged government statistical agencies before to collect more data about immigrants. But I don’t think it’s wise to collect citizenship status in the 2020 census. Doing so would not only raise the risk of collecting inaccurate data, but also reduce public confidence in the census itself."


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