AAPI Community Advocates Push Census Participation
Asian American growth in the Midwest has been rapid, owing in part to refugee resettlement. The population is the least likely to fill out the Census form, concerned their answers will be used against them. Community advocates fear this group in parts of the Midwest could be undercounted in the 2020 Census, which could negatively affect how billions of dollars in federal funding will be distributed and who receives translated voting materials. Census data helps decide how over $800 billion a year is allocated geographically for roughly 300 financial assistance programs. Community organizers are pitching the importance of a decennial count to Asian Americans, including new immigrants and refugees, amid government mistrust among some groups and the proposed Trump administration citizenship question. As many as 18 states, several major cities, and civil rights groups have sued the federal government over its decision to ask about citizenship in the next Census, alleging that the question would make immigrants wary of responding and result in an undercount of the population. Unlike in previous censuses, respondents in 2020 will be asked primarily to complete the survey online. The internet version will be available in five Asian languages, but the Census Bureau plans to only offer the paper version in English and Spanish. More here.