Hispanic Caucus Asks to Meet Census Director About Census 2020 Latinx Participation Concerns
The Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a lawsuit over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. An undercount estimated by Census officials of about 6.5 million people would likely affect states and urban areas with large Hispanic and immigrant populations. Regardless of how SCOTUS rules on that case, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has questions for Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham about decisions the agency has made that could affect Latinx turnout. In a letter led by CHC Chair Joaquín Castro (D-TX), the members reiterate their condemnation of the addition of a citizenship question as well as the field tests that include the question -- which the agency has planned to conduct even though the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the question’s constitutionality. The lawmakers also want Dillingham to provide information about the Bureau’s outreach efforts to the Latinx community because the members worry they are falling short. “You are well aware of the consequences our communities would pay with another undercount, including minimized influence on national policy and less federal dollars to support our neighborhoods. We hope to meet with you to mark a fruitful partnership in ensuring that our Hispanic communities are rightfully counted, pursuant to the Constitution,” they wrote. While the CHC pushes the administration, civil rights groups have begun ramping up efforts to inform minority communities. The latest Census campaign announcement came from the NALEO Education Fund, which on Tuesday announced ¡Hazme Contar! -- a new addition to its larger national ¡Hágase Contar! Census 2020 campaign focused on ensuring the full count of young Latinx children across the country. Read the CHC letter here.