Last week we talked about how the Census Bureau keeps our personal data private. The purpose of the census is make sure everyone is counted once and in the right place regardless of citizenship status.
Adding a citizenship question to the census was an issue that was taken to the Supreme Court in June of 2019. The conclusion was reached that there would be no question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.
The last time a citizenship question was included on the census questionnaire was in 1950. In 1960 there was a question related to place of birth. Now, there are no questions related to citizenship status on the census.
The Census Bureau sends more surveys than just the decennial census (the census that happens every ten years). In the past, longer surveys have included questions about citizenship status, however, these surveys do not get sent to all households.
It is important to know that the 2020 census will not include a citizenship question because it is important that everyone gets counted regardless of citizenship. We all have the right to shape our future and it starts with making sure we count!