End Anti-Immigration Rhetoric in U.S. Census

Target: Wilbur Ross, United States Secretary of Commerce

Goal: Remove anti-immigration citizenship question from 2020 U.S. Census.

Anti-immigration rhetoric sown by the Trump administration has now seeped into the U.S. Census. The Secretary of Commerce has now approved the Justice Department request for the addition of an antiquated and arguably unconstitutional citizenship question.

The Justice Department has requested the addition of a question to the 2020 Census asking if household members are citizens of the United States. The justification given for the question, which hasn’t been asked since 1950, is to improve the count of voting-age citizens and enforce voter discrimination protections. Citizenship information, however, is available from other government agencies. This appears to be another attack by the Trump administration on illegal immigrants. Numerous states, counties, cities, and other organizations led by New York State are now suing the Trump administration on the issue. The 14th Amendment states that “representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.” There is no mention of citizenship whatsoever.

According to memos from the Census Bureau, the question was not recommended and would compromise the integrity of the census data, cost more, and provide information already available from other agencies. The question would only discourage people from responding out of fear of retribution regarding their citizenship status. Sign the petition to encourage the Commerce Secretary to remove the unconstitutional question that only proliferates the Trump administration’s toxic anti-immigration rhetoric.


Dear Secretary Ross,

The addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census is just another example of the Trump administration’s anti-immigration rhetoric. Rather than using existing citizenship data from other government agencies for the Justice Department’s supposed need for Voting Right Act enforcement, this move could make the Census a witch hunt for illegal immigrants.

Recommendations from the Census Bureau categorize the citizenship question as harmful, costly, and redundant. A conservative estimate totals $27.5 million in additional costs for the citizenship question, with likely more cost associated with additional door-to-door visits in anticipation of households withholding information out of fear. Numerous states, counties, cities, and other organizations are suing over the question being unconstitutional. The Constitution requires a count of all those living in the United States, not just citizens.

The citizenship question is unethical in addition to providing inaccurate census data and being incredibly costly. Do not allow the 2020 U.S. Census to become an anti-immigration tool for the Trump administration. Please, remove the question from the Census and maintain it as an unbiased count of residents for congressional districts.


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  1. Margaret Melnick says:

    Maybe that question is to find who is living there illegally. If you are living there legally why would you not have applied for citizenship? Sorry I am confused and therefore unable to sign this petition until I understand why this question is so unconstitutional.

  2. gen agustsson says:

    census is racist

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