This post was originally titled “Terrible Idea: U.S. Justice Dept. Proposing That Questions About Immigration Status Be Included In Census.” I changed it after more and more attention was brought to this…terrible idea.

UPDATE: Terrible Decision Made To Add Citizenship Question To U.S. Census


The U.S. Justice Department is pushing the Census to include questions about people’s immigration status (see ProPublica’s article, Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts).

Boy, that’s sure to increase the odds that people will want to answer Census questions – NOT!

During the last Census, my English Language Learner students organized a neighborhood campaign, including bilingual materials they produced, to encourage immigrants to complete the Census. It’s always a challenge to get high participation rates in immigrant communities – both because of language and trust issues. But it’s critical to get as many people as possible to answer because of the resources it can bring into those areas.

But, really, who would trust that the Trump Administration wouldn’t use data from that question against immigrants?

The question that could sabotage the census is a CNN piece on the same issue.

Critics Say Asking About Citizenship Could Wreck Chances for an Accurate Census is from The NY Times.

The Controversial Question DOJ Wants to Add to the U.S. Census is from The Atlantic.

Potential census question on citizenship stirs fears of dampened participation is from NBC News.

Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate is from The New York Times.

Secret use of census info helped send Japanese Americans to internment camps in WWII is from The Washington Post.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources To Learn About The U.S. Census

The Best Tools For Analyzing Census Data

Are you a citizen? Here’s what happens if you lie on the census. is from NBC News.

Judge rules Ross can be deposed over Census citizenship question