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Comment in Opposition to Citizenship Question on 2020 U.S. Census

August 3, 2018 – Treatment Action Group, as a member of New York Counts 2020, submitted this comment to express strong opposition to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census form.

A fair and accurate census is critically important, as the federal government uses census-derived data to direct at least $800 billion annually in federal assistance to states, localities, and families. Asking about citizenship status in the climate of fear and mistrust that our nation, and in particular, many of its most senior politicians have bred, can only heighten suspicions, discourage responses, and thwart accurate, inclusive data collection.