Census of fear - www.jewishaz.com: Opinion

Census of fear

Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 9:56 am

We wish every resident of this country were here legally. We wish those residents who are not citizens had a clear and reasonable path to citizenship. But that is not the case. And until Congress does its national duty and passes serious and comprehensive immigration reform, we are sympathetic to the arguments of those who oppose the Trump administration’s decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, something that hasn’t been done since 1950.

Those opposing the move argue that it is reasonable to assume that in the absence of a fully developed immigration policy, the citizenship question will discourage not only illegal residents, but also non-citizens here legally, from participating. And that makes sense, since these are unquestionably difficult and disquieting times for immigrants and their families, and it is likely that many of them would rather not divulge their status on a government form. The resulting miscount from a lack of immigrant participation would then deprive communities with sizable immigrant populations of crucial federal support, because the census directly impacts apportionment in Congress — which depends on total population, not citizen population — and the dispensing of federal funds.

Login required

We have used your information to see if you have a subscription with us, but did not find one.

Please click the button below to verify an existing account or to purchase a new subscription.

Need an account? Create one now.

You must login to view the full content on this page.