The 2020 Census Has No Citizenship Question – but Offers Assistance in 58 Foreign Languages
There’s a Census this year, and while a citizenship question will be absent, respondents will be provided language assistance in up to fifty-eight different foreign languages.
According to Census.gov: the U.S. Census Bureau recently launched an update to 2020census.gov that includes content in 59 languages,* including language assistance guides and videos that explain how to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone or by mail when it becomes available in mid-March. People can respond to the census online and by phone in 13 languages. The expansive site includes in-depth information in both English and Spanish. (Note that they’re counting sign language as the 59th language while I’m not).*
In addition to native born residents, America’s population total includes non-citizen legal residents and illegal immigrants too. While neither of the latter two groups can vote, they’re still included when it come to determining how much representatives each state receives. Trump wanted to include the citizenship question so that illegals wouldn’t unfairly boost the representation of some states (by deterring them from answering it). Contrary to claims from liberal critics that a citizenship question would deter Hispanics citizens from responding to the Census, a Census test proved that wouldn’t have happened with inclusion of such a question.
According to a study from the Center for Immigration Studies, three House seats are set to be taken from Red States as a result of the 2020 Census (though Red States will still be net beneficiaries of seat changes overall due to citizens fleeing certain Blue States, such as California).
Lawsuits over a citizenship question continue in the courts, but that’s unlikely to change anything before the Census forms are sent out come spring.