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LATEST CENSUS UPDATES FROM ADVANCING JUSTICE

President Trump Backs Down From Adding 2020 Census Citizenship Question

July 11, 2019, press release from Asian Americans Advancing Justice on President Donald Trump announcing he has ended his political wrangling in court and will not seek further legal action to include the citizenship question on the 2020 Census form.

Advancing Justice | AAJC Declares Victory on Citizenship Question

July 11, 2019, press release from Advancing Justice | AAJC on Trump Administration decision to stand down on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Advancing Justice | AAJC Files New Documents in Census Court Case and Calls for End to Government Games With 2020 Census

July 5, 2019, press release from Advancing Justice | AAJC on how the U.S. Department of Commerce refused to enter a joint stipulation with the plaintiffs of Lupe v. Ross et al.

Maryland Court Pushes Up Deadline for Government Response to 2020 Census Citizenship Question in Light of Contradictory Statements

July 3, 2019, press release from Advancing Justice | AAJC stating that the government has until 2:00 p.m. ET Friday to respond to addition of 2020 Census citizenship question.

Maryland Court Asks Commerce Department to “Go on the Record” to Confirm No Further Pursuit of Citizenship Question

July 2, 2019, press release from Advancing Justice | AAJC on further confirmation needed after government indicates it will move forward with the 2020 Census without citizenship question.

The Census is vital for a functioning society, and for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved populations, the Census makes sure that our communities are not undercounted, rendered invisible, or unable to access necessary resources.
— John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE CENSUS

Utah joins nearly 2 dozen US states spending on 2020 Census

September 17, 2019, PBS, Utah became the latest on Monday as its GOP-dominated Legislature voted to spend $1 million on outreach for the census, a first for the state that’s one of the youngest and fastest-growing in the country.

Nearly 1 million residents in 'hard to count' census tracts in and near Dallas

September 13, 2019, The Dallas Morning News, Nearly 1 million people live in "hard to count" census tracts in and around Dallas, putting millions of federal money at risk if residents are undercounted in the 2020 Census.

How the government is using Siri and Alexa to stop the spread of Census misinformation

September 12, 2019, CNN, The Census Bureau is working with all the major social media companies on ways to prevent the spread of false information that could be used to dissuade people from filling out their census forms.

How Cities Can Make the 2020 Census a Success

September 12, 2019, U.S. News World Report, Less than 20% of all Americans believe our representatives in Washington do what is right most of the time. With these record levels of distrust, the Federal Census Bureau and state-level Complete Count Committees will need to rely on city and local governments and institutions more than ever before for creative approaches to resident outreach.

Tribal leaders seek accurate census counts on reservations
September 3, 2019, Associated Press: Tribal leaders are mapping strategies to ensure tribal members are represented on the upcoming census.

Greatest head count in US history is nearly ready for launch
August 27, 2019, Washington Post: The Census Bureau is trying to anticipate challenges to reaching hard-to-count communities as preparations for 2020 continue.

Do Trump Officials Plan To Break Centuries Of Precedent In Divvying Up Congress?
August 14th, 2019, NPR: Ambiguity in government statements raises concern about citizenship consideration in apportionment.

With congressional seats at stake, officials detail big push for census participation
August 10th, 2019, American Bar Association: Experts say outreach must center around dispelling fears and reversing misinformation surrounding the role of the census.

With citizenship question off the census, California groups push for participation
August 9th, 2019, LA Times: Census outreach by community groups is fully underway emphasizing the importance of participation after the courts’ final decision regarding the citizenship question.

California Spending Big on Census After Trump’s Citizenship Question Fight 

Aug 6, 2019, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Californian Government has set aside more money in order to get an accurate count of the underrepresented demographics living in the state.

How Controversy Over the Census and Immigration Caused a Crisis 100 Years Ago 

July 23, 2019, Time Magazine, Controversy over immigrant’s inclusion on the United States Census is nothing new and the fight for accurate representation goes back 100 years.

House to Vote on Criminal Contempt for Barr, Ross Over Census Dispute

July 17, 2019, CNN, The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt over a dispute related to the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Trump Officials Face Cover-Up Allegations After Failed Citizenship Question Push

July 16, 2019, NPR, A United States District Judge of New York filed a request for documents which may show the initial reasoning for the citizenship question on the 2020 Census was to marginalize minority communities.

Citizenship Question Dropped from Census, but Advocates Fear ‘Damage has Been Done’

July 12, 2019, ABC News, While the Citizenship question has been dropped from the 2020 Census, various immigrant advocates fear that debate over this subject may repel immigrants from responding to the Census.

Trump Backs Away from Census Citizenship Question, Orders Agencies to Hand Over Citizenship Information to Commerce

July 11, 2019, CNN, President Donald Trump retreated from his quest to add a question about US citizenship to the 2020 census on Thursday, instead asking government agencies to provide records that could determine a head-count of citizens without polling census-takers directly.

Trump Eyes 2020 with Census Citizenship Question Fight

July 9, 2019, CNN, The Trump Administration is still looking for legal justification to include the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census despite being rebuked by the Supreme Court.

Justice Department Changes Legal Team Behind Census Citizenship Question Case

July 7, 2019, NPR, The Justice Department announced a major shakeup Sunday in its team of lawyers involved in the ongoing legal battle over the citizenship question the Trump administration wants to add to the 2020 census forms.

Trump administration Says it Will Print Census Without Citizenship Question

July 2, 2019, CNBC, Following the Supreme Court ruling which blocked the inclusion of the Citizenship question on the Census, the Trump Administration finally agreed to proceed without it.

How the Fight Over the Census Citizenship Question Could Rage On

June 29, 2019, NPR, With days before the printing of paper census forms is scheduled to begin, NPR answers the key questions looming over the count.

Supreme Court Leaves Citizenship Question Blocked For Now From 2020 Census

June 27, 2019, NPR, In a defeat for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court leaves the citizenship question blocked for now from the 2020 census, in part because of the government's explanation for why it added it in the first place.