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APIAVote Calls for Removal of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census


March 27, 2018

Contact: Karin Chan,

Washington, D.C. — The Department of Commerce announced last night the decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Business leaders, community leaders and former Census directors have voiced opposition to this untested question.

Christine Chen, executive director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, released the following statement:

“A question on citizenship status would derail the 2020 Census, a constitutionally required count of every person living in the US. APIAVote’s mission is to make sure everyone is counted, whether it is about voting or the Census. APIAVote denounces this politically-driven question meant to jeopardize an accurate count of immigrant communities, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

“A citizenship question would create a chilling effect on the completion rate of census forms. There are strong protections on keeping Census responses confidential, but nonetheless Asian Americans who are noncitizens or in mixed-status families may fear how the government will use this information. It will cause people — out of fear — to avoid filling out the Census.

“If our communities are undercounted, we will receive unequal representation in Congress and less resources on health care, education, housing and transportation.

“We are working with civil rights groups and stakeholders to ensure the citizenship question is removed from the 2020 Census and that all communities are successfully counted.”

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