National Faith Leader Decries Adding of Anti-Immigrant Question to Census

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March 27, 2018

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National Faith Leader Decries Adding of Anti-Immigrant Question to Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Commerce has announced that it would add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census. This is the first time the question has been asked since 1950. Experts are concerned that it would cause large numbers of people, citizen or not, to decline to participate in the census.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life, and Former Chair of the White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships:

“As a person of faith, I believe everyone counts in God’s eyes, and everyone should count in the eyes of our government. This discriminatory change makes it harder for the 2020 Census to do that. If Congress does not act to fix this problem, the impact on the census, on Congressional representation, and on our communities will be devastating.”

 

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